Master of Arts (MA)

An M.A. degree in economics may be obtained by successfully completing five graduate classes and writing a thesis, or by taking eight graduate classes and submitting a research paper. The average completion time of the Department of Economics M.A. program is less than two years.

The Department of Economics admits new students only in the fall (September) each year, because a number of prerequisite theory classes are only offered in September. There is no January admission.

Students need to take courses in economic theory and quantitative courses, as well as in fields of specialization. The core course requirements are Micro Theory (Econ 800), Macro Theory (Econ 801), Mathematical Analysis in Eocnomics (Econ 805), and Econometrics (Econ 808). In addition, we offer a selection of courses from among: Econometrics II, Micro II, Macro II, Game Theory,Experimental and Behavioural Economics, Health Economics, International Trade, Public Finance, and Labour Economics.

Additionally, elective courses are available from the Department of Finance (Edwards School of Business), Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (College of Agriculture and Bioresources), and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. 

Program of Study for MA students with research project option:
In addition to the four core courses above, students are required to take at least four elective graduate level courses. A research project must be completed under the supervision of a faculty member and must be submitted in partial fulfillment of the MA degree. The research paper is evaluated by the supervisor and two other faculty members.

Program of Study for MA students with thesis option:
In addition to the four core courses above, students are required to take at least one elective graduate level courses. A thesis must be completed and successfully defended in partial fulfillment of the MA degree. Each student must have a thesis supervisor and two additional faculties as members of his/her advisory committee. NOTE: Student requires approval of the Graduate Chair for this option.

Handbook for MA Students

Guide to Preparation of Theses

Information for Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions


Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan or its equivalent. A minimum of 70% cumulative average is required during the final two years of the program, but to be competitive applicants will have maintained an average of 80% or better. International Grade Conversions can be found here. We expect that the students should have taken the following undergraduate level courses;

Econ 305 (Linear Algebra), or an equivalent course.
Econ 306 (Intermediate calculus), or an equivalent course.
Econ 408 (Econometrics), or an equivalent course.
Econ 411 (Advanced Macroeconomics), or an equivalent course.
Econ 473 (Advanced Microeconomics), or an equivalent course.


Those students whose undergraduate training is in an area of specialization other than economics are advised to take about one year of additional training in economics at the undergraduate level prior to application. 

Admissions Requirements:

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Application Deadlines

September 2023 Admission 

September 21, 2022 - February 1, 2023 - Applications for the Master of Arts in Economics are accepted.

February 1, 2023 – Deadline for applying online, paying application fee, and uploading required documents online. 

Do not send any documents in the mail unless requested by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

There is no January admission.

February and March - The Admissions Committee reviews applications.

April - The Admissions Committee informs candidates of their application status.

Tuition and Funding

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