Graduate Studies in Economics (MA)

Individualize Your Graduate Experience

Faculty members in the Department of Economics at the University of Lethbridge hold wide-ranging areas of expertise, and we invite you to explore these opportunities further:

Master of Arts (MA) in Economics Program

The Department offers a master’s program leading to an M.A. with a major in Economics. This program prepares students for positions in both the private and public sectors and for further academic training. The program is typically completed in 24 months and contains rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, as well as elective courses in a range of applied fields. The program is limited to a small number of students to enhance scholastic achievement through close faculty interaction.

The program comprises two components. The first component is scheduled for the first year and requires students to take a minimum of five courses. The second component is the thesis project which must be completed by the end of the second year. The details of the program components are:

A): Course Work

First year

Fall semester: ECON 5010 (Microeconomic Theory), ECON 5012 (Macroeconomic Theory)

(Econometric Theory and Applications)

Spring semester: Minimum of two 5xxx level courses of which at least one must be an ECON course.

(B): Thesis Project

Graduate students must choose a Supervisor early in the second (spring) semester. The Supervisor and the student will then compose a Supervisory Committee. During the second semester of the program, each graduate student must submit an initial Thesis Proposal to be approved by the Supervisory Committee. The final Thesis Proposal must be submitted by the end of the third semester (summer) for approval by the Supervisory Committee. It is highly recommended that the thesis project be in one of the fields that the student has already done some applied research work during the first year. Regular faculty-student seminars at the department play important role in the thesis preparation, by providing forum for new ideas in various fields of economics, and offering opportunity to students to present various components of their thesis.

Students admitted to the program require the following minimum qualifications:

  • A University of Lethbridge baccalaureate degree, or its academic equivalent from another recognized degree-granting institution, in the discipline of interest or in a closely cognate discipline. The University of Lethbridge reserves the right to determine whether degrees and other academic programs completed elsewhere are equivalent to University of Lethbridge baccalaureate degrees.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university level semester courses.
  • To insure success in academic study, all applicants, regardless of citizenship or country of origin, must meet the English Language Proficiency requirement through recognized study or a valid standardized test score.
  • Because the capacity of our program is limited, not all students meeting the general admission requirements can be admitted. Selection criteria include grade point average and reference letters, availability of funding, availability of resources, etc.
  • Our graduate program is only available on a full-time basis, and completion is expected within a residence period of 24 months. Consideration can be given to part-time students under special circumstances.

Progressing through the MA (Economics) Program

Policies and forms for Economics graduate students as they progress through their programs can be found here.

Applying to the MA (Economics) Program

Interested individuals who wish to apply for admission to the MA (major in Economics) program may apply on-line at the School of Graduate Studies website. Deadlines for complete applications are February 1st and May 1st.

Co-operative Education Option
The Co-operative Education Option is available to students for the Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs. Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student's professional development.

Further information or to add the Co-op option to your graduate degree may be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Science Office of Career Bridge (Co-operative Education): AH151; tel. 403.329.2000; email or via the Co-op website.