Professor and Head of the Department
G. Riser

The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Economics. The focus of the program is applied economics with emphasis on Natural Resource and Environmental Economics and Public Sector Economics. The program is designed so that suitably qualified full-time students can complete it in one year.


1. To be considered for admission, an applicant must normally have completed an undergraduate degree in economics at a Canadian university with at least second-class Honours standing, or its equivalent. Satisfaction of this criterion does not guarantee admission and, if admitted, students may be required to complete specified undergraduate courses as deemed necessary by the Department.

2. Applicants who do not satisfy the criterion in (1) above may also be considered for admission but, if admitted, will be required to complete specified undergraduate courses as deemed necessary by the Department.



1. The program of study requires, in addition to any specified undergraduate courses, completion of 24 credit hours in graduate economics courses, and a master’s essay course. The maximum time normally permitted for students to satisfy these requirements is three years.

2. The 24 credit hours in graduate courses consist of 9 credit hours in core courses: Economics 6000, 6001 and 6002, and 15 credit hours in other courses from those offered by the Department in Natural Resource Economics and Public Sector Economics. Normally, the 24 required credit hours in graduate courses must be completed before the essay.

3. The master’s essay, Economics 6999, must be in the area relating to the courses taken by the student. Students will be assigned a supervisor, who will approve the topic; the essay will be graded by the supervisor and one other member of the Department. The essay must be completed during the semester in which the student is registered in Economics 6999. During that time, students may be required to give a departmental seminar on their essays.


1. The thesis option consists of 18 credit hours and a thesis. The thesis will consist of a comprehensive study in the area of the student’s field courses. The thesis must embody systematic research and demonstrate a mastery of economic principles and their application. Thesis work will be completed under a supervisor from the Department.

2. The thesis must normally be completed within the two years following completion of 18 required credit hours, which must include Economics 6000, 6001 and 6002.

3. The thesis will normally be evaluated internally and in accordance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

The following courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as resources of the Department will allow.

Core Courses
6000. Advanced Micro-economic Theory
6001. Advanced Macro-economic Theory
6002. Econometrics
Public Sector Economics Courses
6010. Taxation
6011. Expenditure
6012. Cost-benefit Analysis
6014. Topics in Public Sector Economics

Natural Resource Economics Courses
6020. Economics of Nonrenewable Natural Resources
6022. Environmental Economics
6024. Topics in Resource Economics

Master’s Essay Course
6999. Master’s Essay

Additional courses may be arranged, so far as the exigencies of the Department allow, to meet the particular needs of candidates.

Last modified on June 4, 2003 by R. Bruce

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