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What will I learn?

The Economics program offers training in core economic theory courses as well as a number of field options.

Most students opt for the non-thesis option given that it is the standard in most graduate Economics programs in North America. This option consists of eight half courses and an extended research paper. Many students will take six courses during their first year (three in fall, three in winter); two courses in the fall of the second year and complete their extended paper in the winter of the second year.

MA Economics Co-operative Program Option

The purpose of the co-op option is to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and to obtain new insights and educational experiences. Two four-month work terms (which may be taken consecutively) follow the first two terms of study.

To proceed to the co-op option, students must complete at least six half courses chosen from those required for the thesis and non-thesis options. The Departmental recommendation for the work terms will be based on the student’s academic performance and an interview with the Selection Committee consisting of representatives of the Department and the Student Success Centre. In consultation with the Department, the Career and Co-operative Education Services will make every effort to obtain suitable placements. Upon completion of the work terms, students will return to complete the remainder of their program.

NOTE: Students in the thesis and non-thesis programs must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.

Students in the co-op option will require an additional 2 four-month work terms following the first two terms of study to satisfy the requirements of the co-op option, thereby increasing the duration of the program in the co-op option to eight terms (six terms of study plus two work terms).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$22,999.98 (US$ 17,856) per year
Tuition: CAN $7,666.66 per term

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

Start date

6 September 2022

Venue

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,

THUNDER BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent. TOEFL (paper based): Minimum Score - 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score -213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score - 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS: Minimum Score - 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB: Minimum Score - 85; CAEL: Minimum Score - 60; CAE- Cambridge Assessment English ( C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum Score - 176 (no component score less than 169; PTE (Academic): Minimum Score- 58 (no component score less than 50).

For international students

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year cannot be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Program Specific Requirements

  • An Honours B.A. (Economics) or an equivalent four-year degree with at least second class standing
  • Candidates may be required to make up deficiencies by taking courses in addition to those required for the Master's degree. This will be at the discretion of the Department

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL (paper based): Minimum Score - 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score -213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score - 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS: Minimum Score - 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); MELAB: Minimum Score - 85; CAEL: Minimum Score - 60; CAE- Cambridge Assessment English ( C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): Minimum Score - 176 (no component score less than 169; PTE (Academic): Minimum Score- 58 (no component score less than 50).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Lakehead University

Lakehead University is a vibrant and forward-thinking institution that provides a transformative educational experience for students.

  • In Canada’s top 10 undergraduate universities
  • 1 of Canada’s most beautiful campuses (Huffington Post)
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7% employment rate within two years of graduation

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