Deepen your understanding of different aspects of economics through a combination of theoretical and practical applications. Plan, manage and execute an in-depth research project that allows you to examine a wide array of subjects, from highly abstract topics to empirical problems that use real-world data.
The MA in Economics offers a stimulating academic environment where you will have the opportunity to develop advanced mathematical and theoretical foundations in economic theory and econometrics. Course work and acclaimed faculty members provide rigorous technical training in quantitative methods and their applications, giving you the skills to carry out a detailed economic analysis of a topic of your choice.
Our distinguished faculty members have published in a number of prestigious international journals, including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the Journal of Monetary Economics.
Apply to the MA Co-operative Program after your first semester of studies to gain valuable work experience. Designed primarily for individuals who want to enter the workforce after graduation, our program is open to both Canadian and international students. Examples of past placement sites include financial institutions, multinational companies, government agencies and pharmaceutical corporations.
Admission Requirements. An honours degree in economics, from a recognized university, or the equivalent, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required. An applicant may be required to take up to 12 prerequisite undergraduate credits in addition to, but as part of, the regular graduate program. Some applicants may be required to pass a qualifying program, as a condition for entry into the regular MA program.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
The Economics Co-operative Program is offered to those enrolled in an MA Program in Economics. The academic content of the Co-operative Program is identical to that of the regular program, but three Study Terms are interspersed with two Work Terms. Students are supervised personally and must meet requirements specified by the Faculty of Arts and Science, the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Co-operative Education. As employment opportunities primarily exist in the Canadian public sector, the program is presently restricted to Canadian citizens.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Courses. A fully-qualified candidate is required to take three 3-credit courses ECON 612 - Microeconomics I, ECON 615 - Macroeconomics I and ECON 680 - Econometric Theory I and five additional 3-credit courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director.
Research Paper. Each student must write a research paper (ECON 703, 21 credits) demonstrating an application of knowledge in a particular area of economics. The topic of the research paper must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and a full-time member of the Department who is prepared to act as supervisor. The research paper is prepared under the guidance of the supervisor who must approve and recommend the final version for examination by an independent member of the Department appointed by the Graduate Program Director.
Fields of Specialization. Each MA student is required to complete one field of specialization by successfully completing 2 courses from the sequences offered in any of the following areas: Econometrics, Economic Development; Financial Economics; Industrial Economics; International Economics; Labour Economics; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Public Economics.
Teaching assistantships, valued at approximately $1,000 per term, are available and awarded on a competitive basis.
Graduate students may also receive a number of departmental scholarships, including the Professor Jaleel Ahmad Scholarship and the Balvir and Ranjna Singh Memorial Graduate Award. Scholarship amounts range from $1,500 to $3,500.
The Faculty of Arts and Science supports graduate students by offering fellowships and out-of- province fee remission awards. Other funding opportunities available through the faculty include Concordia Merit Scholarship and Conference Travel Awards.
Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students.
Students who wish to have work experience before going into the job market can apply to the MA Co-operative Program. In order to qualify, students must complete one semester, be in good academic standing and get the approval of the Graduate Program Director. Once accepted into the program, students take two work terms in addition to their academic semesters.
The co-operative program is open to international students, but Canadian citizenship is required for many government positions. Past employers include:
Seminars organized by the EGSA invite faculty members and graduate students to present their research in economics. Advanced MA students are also invited to present their own research poster at the annual Economics Spring Poster Day, which allows students to network with fellow students, faculty and alumni.
Our alumni are highly sought after by banks, airlines, intergovernmental organizations, asset management firms and trade associations. Recent graduates are working as insurance advisors, financial analysis managers, corporate compliance analysts and project managers.
Examples of employers where our alumni currently work include: