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Economics PhD

Admission Requirements

  • MA in economics from a recognized university with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or equivalent.
  • Students with a high standing in a master’s degree or equivalent in other fields, such as commerce, mathematics or business administration from a recognized university may be admitted, subject to satisfactory completion of qualifying requirements, if necessary.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students with a BA (honours) or equivalent with high standing in economics may apply for admission directly to doctoral studies.

GRE. While writing the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is not required, such scores certainly enhance an application for admission and especially for funding.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Economics Courses page for course descriptions.

Economics PhD (90 credits)


credits of Required Courses:

ECON 612 Microeconomics I (3.00)
ECON 613 Microeconomics II (4.00)
ECON 615 Macroeconomics I (3.00)
ECON 616 Macroeconomics II (3.00)
ECON 680 Econometric Theory I (3.00)
ECON 681 Econometric Theory II (3.00)

Students who have taken ECON 612 , ECON 615 , and ECON 680 as part of their MA studies in the Department of Economics must substitute them with three electives with department approval.

12credits of Program Elective Courses selected from the Department offerings.


ECON 802 Comprehensive Examination (4.00)
ECON 804 Thesis Proposal (3.00)
ECON 806 Research Seminar (6.00)



ECON 807 Thesis (46.00)

Additional Degree Requirements

A recognition of past graduate work as partial fulfillment of the course requirements for the PhD degree is at the discretion, and subject to the approval of, the Graduate Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Fields of Specialization. Each PhD student must specialize in two fields of economics. A specialization is obtained by 1) successfully completing two courses from one of the following fields: Economic Growth and Development; Environmental Economics; Financial Economics; Health Economics; Industrial Economics; International Economics; Labour Economics; Public Economics; or, 2) by completing one course in addition to the two required courses for a specialization in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Students must consult the Graduate Program Director to confirm the course selection that would constitute an acceptable field of specialization.

Language Requirement. PhD candidates must pass an examination in French. International students may, with the approval of the Department, replace French with another language in which there exists a sufficiently large economics literature.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Residence. The minimum period of residence is two calendar years (6 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the master’s degree, or three calendar years (9 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree for those permitted to enrol for doctoral studies without completing a master’s degree. A period of full-time study, allowed or required by the Department to be spent at another institution with adequate research facilities, may be offered towards partial fulfillment of the residence requirements for the degree of PhD at Concordia University. In each case, the Department must obtain approval of the Council of the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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