Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This degree is intended particularly for those interested in an academic career. PhD students complete courses in micro- and macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and fields of specialization.
Information on how to apply can be found on the Applying for Graduate Studies webpage. For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Application Procedures / FAQ.
Fields of specialization
Fields of specialization for the PhD are open, subject to the following requirements:
- Applicants to the PhD must clearly indicate on their application the primary field in which they wish to specialize
- A faculty member in the Department must agree to be the research supervisor after the student has finished their qualifying exams
PhD students must also complete a doctoral dissertation in the field of specialization that constitutes a major contribution to the state of knowledge in the field.
Length of program
Typical time to complete is 4-5 years.
- Admission requirements can be found in the Graduate Calendar. Entrance to the PhD program normally requires completion of course requirements for an MA in Economics (not Business) with an average of at least A- at Dalhousie standards.
- The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets the minimum admission standards that are required for entry into graduate programs.
- Application forms can be found under Dalhousie admissions for graduate studies.
- Canadian students: your application for admission to the Graduate Studies program should be received by the university no later than January 31 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline). Applications received before December 31st will be eligible for Dean of Science PhD Entrance Scholarship.
- Non-Canadian students: your application for admission to the Graduate Studies program should be received by the university no later thanl January 31 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline). Applications received before December 31st will be eligible for Dean of Science PhD Entrance Scholarship.
- Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships: (Canadian and Non-Canadian) PhD applicants whose intended area of research relates to areas of provincial research priorities (Ocean science and technology, Information and communication technology, Clean technology, Financial services, Life sciences, Aerospace and defense, Health and wellness, Resource sectors, and Social innovation) should submit a complete application by November 1 (for entry the following September) including a tentative research proposal including objectives, methods, procedures and significance (total maximum 4000 characters). Additional information on these scholarships can be found at
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