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Jide Raheem

MA U of S (2018)

Data Analyst, Sobeys Western Canada 

Home Town: Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State in Nigeria 

Why study MA Economics at U of S? 

One of the greatest challenges economists face in policy and public debates is in communicating economics to audiences beyond the ivory tower. The realization of a room to improve in this regard, coupled with the need to advance my knowledge in application of analytical methods and techniques to data in different research areas, motivated my decision to pursue an MA degree in Economics. 

I was easily drawn to the U of S MA Economics program because it matched my billings for a postgraduate Economics program, i.e., one that builds industry leaders and future policy makers through its rigorous academic culture, resourceful and supportive faculty, regular academic seminars and a strong alumni network. For me, the program’s “dual-flexibility” was a major selling point. One is the opportunity for summer internships, which afforded me a brilliant opportunity to intern as a Summer Research Associate at Legado Capital, a search fund based in Calgary. The second, and most critical for me, was the program’s multidisciplinarity. Offered a plate of electives from the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy and the Edwards School of Business, I decided to enroll for “Public Finance in Canada” at the Public Policy School during the Spring term. My choice derived from wanting to explore a different, but related, area, having already had some finance industry experience. That elective exposed me to the real-world policy applications and implications of the economic theories, principles and techniques I had learned in the MA Economics program. Drawing on the insights from another discipline has since strengthened my ability to dimension economic issues more broadly, while asking relevant questions in policy debates. 

Further, the program is designed to develop students’ critical and conceptual abilities to analyze information and understand arguments, form ideas and build on them. Thanks to its research-intensive coursework, the training and feedback from faculty members who are alumni members of top ranking Economics departments across the world, I am able to develop original ideas, hypothesis and write original compositions. No doubt, the academic rigor and resources equip graduate students with a foundational prerequisite to excel, be it in a PhD program or in the corporate industry career post-graduation.  

 

Joshua Thomas

MA U of S (2018)

Associate, Finance Development Program Royal Bank of Canada

The M.A. program in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan has allowed me to grow academically and professionally through interesting and challenging coursework, meaningful and applicable research, and opportunities to follow a wide range of interests!

I decided to pursue an M.A. to gain a more in-depth understanding of the economics discipline. I certainly experienced challenging material very early on in the coursework section of the program, but never felt alone or in despair thanks to a very approachable faculty and a strong unity with fellow classmates, which naturally develops due to the structure of the program.

Thanks to the supportive faculty, I was fortunate to gain valuable experience in a diverse set of economic areas and a vast amount of knowledge through the program’s coursework. I completed my research project in the Health Economics space, investigating treatment effects of community water fluoridation on pre-school dental health in Saskatchewan communities. Further, during my time in the program, I completed an internship at British Columbia Investments, a pension fund, performing macroeconomic and country risk analysis. Upon completion of the M.A. program, I started full-time employment at RBC, in a finance rotational program at Toronto’s head offices, working in the financial markets in areas such as capital markets, corporate strategy, performance management, etc. The M.A. program certainly does an excellent job of preparing students for their chosen career path.  

The M.A. program in Economics at U of S is a challenging and rewarding one, in which the faculty and fellow students truly want to see you succeed. I am fortunate and proud to have completed my M.A. degree here!

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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.

Kirk Brecht

MA U of S (2012)

Research Officer, 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.

Shervin Rahman

MA U of S (2013)

Analyst, 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.

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Lyndon Jacak

MA U of S (2013)

Market Analyst, 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.