The Department of Economics at the University of Calgary offers programs of graduate study leading to Master of Arts (M.A.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The Department has a strong reputation for the quality of its graduate programs. There has been a high demand for our graduates and attractive employment opportunities are available in business, government, and academia. We have recently added an optional specialization in health economics to the Masters and PhD programs, which gives students wishing to work in this area a unique opportunity. For more detailed information about these programs, see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
The Department has a distinguished faculty with an active research agenda, and this makes it an intellectually exciting place to be. Students will find that there is an interesting workshop series, and good research facilities on site. Full-time graduate students are provided with office accommodation in the department, which facilitates interaction with faculty members and other students. Outside the university, you will find that Calgary is a beautiful, exciting, and affordable city to live in.
If you are coming from outside of Canada, we strongly recommend that you consult the International Student Centre website,
For students with a strong undergraduate background in Economics: The M.A. degree may be obtained either through a course-based or thesis-based program of study. Specialization is provided in most fields of economics. We encourage students to follow the course-based program. The emphasis in both programs is on developing student expertise in advanced theory, quantitative analysis, research methods, and in the student's chosen field of specialization.
For students with a Masters degree in Economics: The Ph.D. program involves advanced course work leading to comprehensive examinations in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and two fields of specialization. The core of the program is the Ph.D. thesis.
Programs and Admission Requirements and Policies
M.A. in Economics - Thesis-based
M.A. in Economics - Course-based
Ph.D. in Economics
Graduate Courses Offered by the Department
Specializations in Economics at the University of Calgary
Application Information and Deadline
Other Useful Information & Links
Faculty Members and Research Interests
Guidelines on Writing an M.A. Thesis in
Job and Recruitment Advertisements
Thesis Topics of Recent Graduate Students
Economics Graduate Association
Advantages of Graduate Studies in Economics at the U of C
The City and The University
U of C links:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
Enquiries: Further information concerning graduate studies in Economics can be obtained by contacting:
Department of Economics
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
e-mail: econgrad [at] ucalgary [dot] ca