The MA in Economics allows you to develop advanced mathematical and theoretical foundations in economic theory and econometrics. The program provides rigorous technical training in quantitative methods and their applications, giving you the skills to carry out detailed economic analyses of a topic of your choice. You will plan, manage and execute in-depth research projects that examine a wide array of subjects - from highly abstract topics to empirical problems that use real-world data. Designed primarily for individuals who want to enter the workforce after graduation, our program is open to both Canadian and international students. Students can apply to the MA Co-operative Program after their first semester of studies to gain valuable work experience. Examples of past placement sites include financial institutions, multinational companies, government agencies and pharmaceutical corporations.
Honours degree in economics from a recognized university, or the equivalent, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
12 credits – Required Courses
ECON 612 - Microeconomics I (3 credits)
ECON 615 - Macroeconomics I (3 credits)
ECON 680 - Econometric Theory I (3 credits)
ECON 696 - Research Methodology in Economics (3 credits)
15 credits – Chosen from
Five courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Program Director.
Each MA student is required to complete one field of specialization by successfully completing two courses from the sequences offered in any of the following areas: Econometrics; Economic Growth and Development; Financial Economics; Industrial Economics; International Economics; Labour Economics; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Public Economics.
Graduate students may receive a number of scholarships offered by the Department of Economics, including the Professor Jaleel Ahmad Scholarship and the Balvir and Ranjna Singh Memorial Graduate Scholarship.
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 one work term 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: