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ECONOMICS (MA)

Length of Program: 

Full-time: up to 24 months 
 

Intake: 
Fall
Mode of Delivery: 

On Campus

Program Components: 

Coursework and Thesis

Campus: 
Lethbridge
Program Description: 

The Department offers a master’s program leading to an MA 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 or less 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.

Our graduate program is normally available only on a full-time basis, and is designed to be completed in 24 months or less. Consideration can be given to part-time students under special circumstances.

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
Fall semesterECON 5010 (Microeconomic Theory); ECON 5012 (Macroeconomic Theory); ECON 5960 (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 by the end of the fall semester. The Supervisor and the student will then compose a Supervisory Committee. 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 an 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.

FAQ for potential MA students in Economics 

Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty research expertise 

Faculty research expertise spans following areas:

  • international economics
  • development economics, economic growth
  • labour economics
  • economics of education
  • economics of professional sports
  • monetary economics
  • econometrics and applied econometrics
  • Austrian economics
  • economics of agricultural production
  • resource economics and water management
  • economics of innovation, biotechnology, biofuels and health foods
  • public policy
Who can supervise your MA thesis?

Kamar Ali, Ph.D. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor: resource economics, regional economics, water resource management.
Alexander B. Darku, Ph.D. (McGill), Associate Professor: international trade, development economics, poverty, income distribution.
Pascal L. Ghazalian, Ph.D. (Saskatchewan), Associate Professor: international economics, development economics, agricultural and resource economics.
Kurt Kenneth Klein, Ph.D. (Purdue), Professor: economics of agricultural production, policies, trade and technological improvements.
Danny Gilbert Le Roy, Ph.D. (Guelph), Associate Professor: agricultural production, marketing and trade, biofuels, emerging water markets, Austrian economics.
Stavroula Malla, Ph.D. (Saskatchewan), Associate Professor: economics of innovation, economics of biotechnology and health foods, industrial organization, agriculture and health policy.
Richard E. Mueller, Ph.D. (Texas, Austin), Professor: labour economics, economics of education, immigration.
Duane Wesley Rockerbie, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser), Professor: economics of professional sports, economics of education, international finance.
Kien C. Tran, Ph.D. (Western Ontario), Professor: econometrics, applied econometrics, nonparametric and semiparametric modelling; banking and finance.

Career Opportunities: 

We are a young program, but our few graduates have done very well having gone on the Ph.D. programs in economics as well as working for the Ontario government and for major Canadian banks as financial advisors and managers. 

Master’s graduates have numerous career opportunities in industry, non-profit organization, and the public sector, as well as many pursue further studies at other universities.

Sample areas of employment
  • banks/credit unions/caise populaires
  • transportation companies
  • agricultural companies
  • management consulting firms
  • economic research institutions
  • trust companies
  • analysis/forecasting firms
  • insurance companies
  • newspapers
  • financial information firms
  • real estate agencies
  • college teaching
  • international institutions (IMF, World Bank, etc.)
  • stock exchanges
  • international trade companies
  • investment dealers
  • manufacturing firms
  • oil companies
  • computer/telecommunication companies
  • department stores
  • environmental protection agencies
  • labour unions
  • government departments (all levels)
  • utility companies
  • statistical research firms


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Further academic study

A number of students who have completed the MA Economics program have furthered their education by pursuing PhD studies at other universities. The University of Lethbridge does not currently offer a PhD program in Economics, however most of the Economics faculty have good contacts with Canadian PhD programs and can assist interested students in the application process.

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