This course-based program provides students with a strong foundation of theoretical and empirical knowledge. Our faculty members regularly publish work in leading academic journals, showcasing expertise in climate change, international trade, energy policy and more. Our students come from diverse backgrounds; in a typical year, we accept 25 students into our two MA programs (thesis- and course-based), drawing from applicants across Canada and around the world.
Our department is committed to the sharing of fresh ideas, sponsoring conferences and workshops, a weekly seminar series, and the newly established Dr. Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture Series in Economics.
Completing this program
- Core Courses:
- Econometrics, Microeconomic Theory and Macroeconomic Theory.
- Research Paper: Students complete a research paper as a capstone project.
- Research Paper: Students complete a paper on a research project, literature review or a critical analysis of a theoretical or policy problem.
- Additional Courses: May include international trade, energy, labour, regulatory, financial or public economics, research methods, other topics.
- Research Defence: Students defend their research in an open conference and if unsuccessful, students complete a comprehensive written exam.
Government agencies and ministries, energy industry, financial services industry.
A course-based master’s degree in economics is usually considered a final degree, but can also give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A four-year degree from a recognized institution, with specific courses: 4 full-course equivalents of economics courses that include equivalents to: Economics 395/495/497 (Econometrics) Economics 387/389 (Math for economists) Economics 557 (Senior Microeconomics) Economics 559 (Senior Macroeconomics) Must have a B average in senior economics courses.
English language proficiency (ELP)
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ibt) score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based).
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version).
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59, or higher (academic version).
- Canadian Academic English Language test (CAEL) score of 70 with no section less than 60.
- Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) score of B+ in each course.
For admission on September 1:
- Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
- International students: Jan. 15 application deadline
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Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4
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