Master of Arts (MA)


This intensive, 12-month course of study prepares students for PhD-level study in economics, or to pursue a career as an economic analyst in the public or private sector. MA students complete courses in micro- and macroeconomic theory and econometrics, as well as three economic field courses.

Areas of specialization for the MA are open, subject to the fields of economics represented in the graduate course offerings in any given year and the ability of students to arrange a supervisor. Students interested in an area other than those represented by the graduate course offerings in a given year must secure a supervisor (in the department) to be able to pursue their interests.

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.

Length of Program 

Eight months of coursework plus completion of a research essay.

Program Choices (availability may vary by year)

  • Economic theory
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Development economics
  • Health economics
  • International trade
  • Theories of Economic Development
  • Labour economics I
  • Monetary theory
  • Resource Economics
  • Research Seminar
  • From Disaster Relief to Development
  • Environmental economics
  • Economic Application of Game theory
  • Social Policy: Economic issues and Perspectives
  • Research Methods: A Graduate course in Applied Econometrics
  • Financial Economics

Admission Requirements

  • Entrance requires an Honours BA (or BSc) in Economics (not Business) with an average of at least 75 percent (B+ or 3.3 on a scale where 4.3 is the maximum GPA) at Dalhousie standards in classes in economics and related fields. An Honours degree in Economics is expected to consist of a four-year (i.e., 20 credit) bachelor's degree that includes:
    • Introductory micro and macro economics
    • Intermediate micro and macro economics
    • Advanced micro and macro economics
    • Senior economics field courses
    • Statistics
    • Econometrics
    • Linear algebra
    • Calculus
  • In those cases where a candidate has a three-year degree and a four-year degree honours program was not available, first-class candidates may be considered for admission to a Qualifying Year.
  • 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.

Deadlines

  • Canadian students: your application for admission to the Graduate Studies program should be received by the university no later than June 1 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline); however, if you are applying for scholarships and departmental funding, your application (including application, fee and all supporting documents) should be completed by January 31.
  • Non-Canadian students: your application for admission to the Graduate Studies program should be received by the university no later than April 1 for a September start date (all supporting documents must be received by this deadline); however, if you are applying for scholarships and departmental funding, your application (including application, fee and all supporting documents) must be completed by January 31.

Contact information

Subject Code: ECON
Tel: 902-494-2026
Email: economic@dal.ca
Address: PO Box 15000
6214 University Avenue
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4R2

 
Graduate Coordinator: Mutlu Yuksel
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-6767
Graduate Coordinator Email: econgrad@dal.ca
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