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What will I learn?

The Diploma Program is designed for those without an extensive undergraduate training in economics who wish to acquire a basic proficiency in economics at the graduate level.

Degree & Curriculum Requirements:

Requirements for the Diploma:

Credits. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits. No more than 12 credits can be earned as pro-tanto credit for previous work.

Courses. Credit courses for the diploma program are listed below. Up to 6 credits may be earned in the category of cognate courses (see Class C). Each student’s program of study must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.


ECON 501 and 503 are compulsory core courses for all students. A minimum of six credits must be taken from Class B. The remaining credits may be selected from Class A and/or Class B and/or Class C with no more than six credits taken from Class C.

Class B Courses (3 credits each)

All 600-level courses offered in the Department of Economics.

Class C Courses (3 credits each)

All master-level courses offered in the John Molson School of Business.

Research Fields:

Economic development; economic dynamics; econometrics; environmental and natural resources economics; financial and monetary economics; game theory; industrial organization; international trade and finance; labor economics; microeconomics; macroeconomics; public economics; and regional economics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credits)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fee: CAN $24,392 - CAN $29,209 for 30 credits
Start date

Expected January, September 2022


Faculty of Arts and Science

Loyola Campus,

7141 Sherbrooke St. W.,


Quebec (QC),

H4B 1R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants may required to have a 4 year Bachelor Degree. Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or the equivalent. In addition, they must have earned sufficient credits in economics and basic statistical and mathematical methods to cope with graduate level courses in economics. In exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director, an applicant who has not yet satisfied this Arts and Science prerequisite may be admitted, providing that the missing courses are included in the student’s program in addition to the normal course requirements for the diploma. The grading scheme for diploma courses will be the scheme applicable to graduate courses (i.e., the passing grade is B-).