Mohsen Bakhshi Moghaddam
MA U of S (2015)
PhD Student, Queen's University
What I have learned in the graduate program of economics in the U of S is how to enjoy learning new materials while fighting deadlines! The first term of the program provided me with the set of abstract and complicated economic theories while the second term, gave me a great opportunity to do more applied work on the courses I selected based on my research interest. The pressure of the program may bring me a hard period of time, but at the end, I am sure it will give me more self confidence in dealing with difficult issues and also help me to enhance my research ability as well as in-depth understanding of economic theories.
MA U of S (2012)
Ministry of the Economy
Government of Saskatchewan
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, so when I finished high school I naturally enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan. Having originally started as a Computer Science major, it was ultimately the helpful faculty of the U of S Economics department that led me to instead pursue an honours degree in Business Economics. It was not however until my final year in the undergraduate program that I became more passionate about Economics as a science and decided I was interested in pursuing a M.A.. Although there are a multitude of fine M.A. Econ programs throughout Canada, I applied only to the one at the U of S as I was confident in the quality of the instruction the department had to offer and my wife was also continuing her graduate studies in the College of Engineering.
I believe the graduate program at the U of S provided a strong mix of set curriculum coupled with the freedom to explore areas of Economic research that interested me. I was hired by the Government of Saskatchewan prior to finishing my M.A. project and continue to work in the Ministry of the Economy providing economic forecasting, economic analysis, and other policy work that is essential to industries that are major drivers of the Saskatchewan economy. Overall, I consider it fortunate that a quality institution like the U of S was so easily accessible to me in Saskatchewan. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I feel I was imparted a strong understanding of the theory and application of many pertinent areas of economics as well as an interest in the progress of the science that may lead me to pursue a Ph.D. at a later date.
MA U of S (2013)
Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO)
Learning is fun and challenging at the University of Saskatchewan. The reputation of the Economics department at U of S and the M.A program and also the fact that I received the full scholarship for the program were definitely very important deciding factors for me to come to the University of Saskatchewan to pursue my higher education.
At the very beginning of my first term, I was a little overwhelmed with the pace and pressure of the courses. Also coming from a totally different system of education, I found the teaching style very different here. But very soon, I grasped the system and I realized that this teaching style actually encourages students to think independently and creatively with a strong emphasis on developing self-potential. The program equipped me with in-depth knowledge on various practical and theoretical Economic issues and enhanced my confidence and teamwork skills. I developed the abilities of doing research independently, the confidence of working under pressure and securing the best results and being a much stronger person! Research has now become my passion. It also altered my attitude; it made me understand that no challenge is too big to conquer.
MA U of S (2013)
Canadian National Rail
I completed my undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Calgary in 2011. My interactions with alumni from the program at the University of Saskatchewan as well as positive discussions with faculty members during the graduate school application process led me to choose this program over several others in Western Canada.
I cannot do the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan justice in these few paragraphs. Their guidance refined the basic economic knowledge that I accumulated as an undergraduate into a sharper more precise tool that serves me in my personal and professional life. The program is difficult; success requires rigorous studying and the development of a network of supportive peers. The small professor to student ratio helps to ensure success and benefits a deeper discussion of economic theory in class and more interaction outside of class.
The quality of the professors within the department, paired with the University’s support of interdisciplinary studies will facilitate the development of your chosen specialization within the science. Elective courses can be chosen from other graduate programs such as Agricultural Economics, Finance and Public Administration, tailoring the program to your career goals or future studies in a PhD program. My personal interest in exploring the application of computer programming to answering economic questions was made possible by hours of support and tutoring by my project supervisor Prof. Andreas Pollak.
Employment prospects after finishing the program were very bright with job offers and interviews with the federal and provincial governments as well as the Bank of Canada. Overall, whether your final goal is to advance to the PhD level or enter the job market, the time you invest in the University of Saskatchewan’s M.A. Economics program will provide a substantial return.
Beliz Acan Osman
MA U of S (2009)
Health Quality Council
I was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey. My family and friends and everything I knew were there and at the time I had no intention of changing the status quo. During the 4th year of my undergraduate degree, through one of my professors, I learned about the M.A. program in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. At first, I was not sure about pursuing my education in a country that is very far from home (5623 miles to be precise). However, after some research about the program, talking with the faculty members, and going over the curriculum, I was impressed with the quality of the program and it was not a difficult decision anymore.
My 2 years' experience in the program was challenging, rich and fun. Faculty members are incredibly helpful and their doors are always open to students for both academic and career advice. They make you feel at ease and always encourage you to do better and succeed. There are a wide variety of classes offered in the program. In addition to economics theory classes, a variety of elective classes are available, which allows students to customize their learning and shape their career paths accordingly. I have specialized in health and labor economics. After my graduation I worked at the Research Data Center for a year and later on started working on my current job as a Researcher at the Health Quality Council. In my job, I frequently utilize the skills from data analysis to research methods that I have gained throughout my M.A. degree. I learned to approach the problems with the perspective I gained throughout my studies and from the discussions with peers and faculty members. My writing and public speaking skills significantly improved with the help of the assignments and presentation opportunities in the classes.
Aside from the academics, I gained valuable friendships at the Economics department that I still cherish today. Collection of all the wonderful experiences provided me to build a future in Saskatoon, once the "far city", "hard decison" which has become "my home" and the "best decision".
MA U of S (2008)
Manager, Market Research
The Master program of Economics at U of S is interesting, challenging, demanding, rewarding, always learning and growing. Looking back those memorable days I am truly thankful for the personal growth I was able to achieve – it was just like a privileged journey of hard work, opportunities, and success. It provides you with so many opportunities to challenge yourself and explore different topics of the world business and economy. It gives you the confidence to expand your horizons. What I enjoyed the most in this program were the people that I have interacted - I mean the very knowledgeable and desirable professors and the talented students. All one can ask is that they are allowed to reach their full potential and I believe the department of Economics will try the best to make sure that happens for every of their students. "