Graduate Programs

Master of Arts
The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Economics. The focus of our program is applied economics. This non-thesis, course-based option is designed so that suitably qualified full-time students can complete our program in one year. The program starts each September. The first four "core" courses are taken in the Fall Semester and are followed by four "elective" courses that are taken in the Winter Semester. The final semester is occupied by our students producing a MA Essay.

Applicants to the MA Economics do not need to select a supervisor prior to submitting their application.

We offer financial support to many of our MA students. Applicants will be automatically entered in the funding competition, hence no extra step is needed to be taken by the applicants for that purpose.

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Graduate Diploma
Graduate diploma - Disciplinary graduate diplomas provide an opportunity to acquire additional academic credentials at the graduate level without committing to a full master’s program. These programs allow students to expand on their knowledge of a particular discipline and may also be used for professional development within their careers.

Graduate Courses - Master of Arts

Fall Semester
Economics 6000 Advanced Micro Theory
Economics 6001 Advanced Macro Theory
Economics 6002 Econometrics
Economics 6009 Graduate Seminar

Winter Semester
Only four courses from the following list will be offered
Economics 6011 Expenditure
Economics 6012 Cost Benefit Analysis
Economics 6022 Environmental Economics
Economics 6024 Topics in Resource Economics
Economics 6025 Advance Labour Economics
Economics 6051 Advanced Microeconometrics

Students who are interested in our program can apply directly to the School of Graduate Studies ( or learn more about our MA program.

See the School of Graduate Studies calendar to learn more about our MA program.

Admissions and Financial Assistance

Successful applicants are admitted only for September enrolment and are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Foreign applicants are strongly recommended to submit GRE scores and applicants (foreign and domestic) should apply no later than January 15. Late applications will be considered; however, the likelihood of financial support is reduced.

Further Information

For additional information about the M.A. program in economics and financial assistance, or to request application forms, please contact:

School of Graduate Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1B 3X5
Telephone: (709) 864-2444 or 864-2445
Fax: (709) 864-4702


Dr. Nahid Masoudi, Graduate Program Co-ordinator
Department of Economics, Room AA3094
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 5S7

Economics graduate courses: Winter 2023

For additional course information such as slot, room number, and instructor, see our upcoming courses database

Econ 6012: Cost-Benefit Analysis
The aim of this course is to enhance students’ analytical and intellectual skills through the study of Cost Benefit Analysis, improving their knowledge about issues related to Economic Policy and Welfare Economics. Students will gain the skills needed to interpret published cost-benefit analysis studies and to provide advice on and conduct and present basic cost-benefit analysis, as well as to critically assess economic policy. The course will also help students understand the principles that inspire Welfare Economics, in particular the normative roots of the notion of economic efficiency, as well as the principles behind the theory of market failure.

Econ 6022: Environmental Economics
This is the graduate course that explores the theory and practice of environmental economics. Graphical analysis, microeconomic and macroeconomic models will be used to study the wide range of environmental problems and issues. The course will introduce frameworks for measuring environmental costs and benefits and explore the efficiency of alternative pollution control policies. Applications will include air and water pollution and global environmental problems such as climate change.

Econ 6024: Topics in Resource Economics
This course applies theoretical and empirical economic tools to a number of natural resource and environmental issues. The broad concepts discussed include externalities, public goods, property rights, market failure, and social cost-benefit analysis. These concepts are applied to a number of areas including renewable and non-renewable resources, air pollution, water, and land. Special emphasis is devoted to analyzing the optimal role for public policy. The major objectives are (1) to learn basic economic principles governing the allocation of various categories of scarce natural/environmental resources among competing uses; and (2) to gain experience with basic analytical tools useful for applying these principles to real world allocation problems.

Econ 6050: Econometrics Beyond Ordinary Least Squares

Description forthcoming

Econ 6051: Advance Microeconometrics

Advanced Microeconometrics focuses on the econometric analysis of cross-sectional and panel data, with special attention to maximum likelihood estimation techniques aimed at handling limited and categorical dependent variables. Some of the econometrics techniques covered will include fixed and random effects analysis of panel data, latent class modelling, binary, ordered, and multinomial probit and logit, count data, censored and truncated dependent variables, and bivariate and multivariate models for categorical data. Stata will be used throughout the course.