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Graduate Diploma in Economics

Graduate Diploma (GrDip)

Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Economics provides a general overview of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and econometric theories and methods. Course materials and resources are designed for students who want to pursue their studies at more advanced levels and for working professionals interested in economics as a secondary field. Economists recognize that today’s policy makers and business leaders require deep knowledge of economic applications and policies. Now more than ever, we need critical minds with a broad foundation in the field to study the trade-offs between growth and pollution, public and private medical services, and many other pressing issues that affect our daily lives. In addition to numerous theoretical and applied research interests in economics, our professors are engaged in various multidisciplinary projects - contributing to publications in statistics, sociology, and medical research, as well as in government policy reports and media opinion pieces.

Program details

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or the equivalent.
  • Sufficient credits in economics and basic statistical and mathematical methods to cope with graduate-level courses in economics.
  • 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.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Economics Courses page for course descriptions.

Each student's program of study must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

Economics Graduate Diploma (30 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

  ECON 501 Advanced Microeconomic Theory (3.00)
  ECON 503 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (3.00)


credits minimum chosen from:

Economics Graduate Diploma Class B Courses


credits maximum chosen from the following lists, with no more than six credits chosen from Class C:

Economics Graduate Diploma Class A Courses

Economics Graduate Diploma Class B Courses

Economics Graduate Diploma Class C Courses

Note: No more than 12 credits can be earned as pro-tanto credit for previous work.

Economics Graduate Diploma Class A Courses

  ECON 509 History of Early Economic Thought (3.00)
  ECON 510 History of Modern Economic Thought (3.00)
  ECON 513 Economic Growth and Fluctuations (3.00)
  ECON 514 Economic Development: Policy Analysis (3.00)
  ECON 521 Econometrics I (3.00)
  ECON 522 Econometrics II (3.00)
  ECON 523 Topics in Applied Econometrics (3.00)
  ECON 525 Mathematics for Advanced Study in Economics (3.00)
  ECON 530 Transportation Economics (3.00)
  ECON 532 Monetary Theory (3.00)
  ECON 533 Financial Economics (3.00)
  ECON 536 The Economics of Taxation (3.00)
  ECON 537 Economics of Public Expenditure (3.00)
  ECON 540 Market Design (3.00)
  ECON 542 International Economics: Trade Theory (3.00)
  ECON 543 International Economics: Finance (3.00)
  ECON 550 Economic History (3.00)
  ECON 561 Industrial Organization (3.00)
  ECON 562 The Corporate Economy (3.00)
  ECON 563 Economics of Regulation (3.00)
  ECON 564 Game Theory, Information, and Economic Modelling (3.00)
  ECON 565 The Economics of Professional Sport (3.00)
  ECON 581 Labour Economics (3.00)
  ECON 582 Economics of Personnel and Industrial Relations (3.00)
  ECON 583 Employment, Earnings and Labour Market Policies (3.00)
  ECON 585 Health Economics (3.00)
  ECON 591 Environmental Economics (3.00)
  ECON 592 Advanced Urban Economics (3.00)
  ECON 593 Regional Economics (3.00)
  ECON 595 Economics of Transportation and Communications (3.00)
  ECON 596 Natural Resource Economics (3.00)
  ECON 597 Income Distribution and Economic Inequality (3.00)
  ECON 598 Advanced Topics in Economics (3.00)

Economics Graduate Diploma Class B Courses

All 600-level courses listed in the Economics Courses section of the Calendar.

Economics Graduate Diploma Class C Courses (6 credits)

All courses listed in the Finance, Management, Marketing, and Administration MSc (MSCA) Courses section of the Calendar with prior permission of the Department of Economics and the John Molson School of Business. No more than six credits may be taken from this list.

Your completed application will include:

  • Application form and fee (Please note that it is not possible for us to waive the application fee)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three Letters of Reference and assessment form
  • Statement of purpose should outline (1 to 2 pages):
    • your goals for enrolling in the program
    • what makes you a good candidate for the program
    • your expectations from your studies in the program and
    • what you plan to achieve in the program.
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship (if applicable)
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, are required to submit official language test scores, unless exempted.
  • Applicants who are not offered admission to the MA Economics program are automatically considered for the Graduate Diploma, with no need to submit a separate application.

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.

Economics Diploma Feb. 1 June 1 n/a

Course descriptions are available via the Concordia Graduate Calendar.

Members of our research-active faculty are affiliated with the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Économie Quantitative (CIREQ) and the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). They have received high honours from the Canada Research Chairs Program, and been awarded the Mongolian Government’s Science Leader Award and the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship in Research.

Faculty research interests include:

  • economic development
  • economic dynamics
  • econometrics
  • international trade and finance
  • financial and monetary economics
  • computational economics
  • environmental and natural resources
  • game theory
  • industrial organization
  • information economics
  • market design
  • labour economics
  • experimental economics
  • public economics

The Economics Graduate Students’ Association aims to promote a stimulating academic and social atmosphere by organizing social events, facilitating seminars and other activities. 

Our alumni are highly sought after by financial services companies, intergovernmental organizations, professional services firms and multinational conglomerate corporations. Recent graduates are working as statisticians, account managers, advisors and risk consultants.

Examples of employers where our alumni currently work include:

  • Best Buy Canada
  • Cogeco Peer 1
  • Deloitte
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics

See what our graduates are doing now.

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