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Master of Arts (MA)

Course-based program

Program overview

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.

Course-based program

Three core courses, four electives and a research methods sequence

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

One year full-time; four years maximum


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


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.

Minimum education

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.

Work samples



  • A current C.V.

Reference letters


Test scores


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:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Economics

Social Sciences Building, Room 454
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Arts website