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What will I learn?

This intensive, 12-month course of study prepares students for PhD-level study in economics, or to pursue a career as an economic analyst in the public or private sector. MA students complete courses in micro- and macroeconomic theory and econometrics, as well as three economic field courses.

Areas of specialization for the MA are open, subject to the fields of economics represented in the graduate course offerings in any given year and the ability of students to arrange a supervisor. Students interested in an area other than those represented by the graduate course offerings in a given year must secure a supervisor (in the department) to be able to pursue their interests.

Length of Program:

Eight months of coursework plus completion of thesis (if thesis option is chosen)

Program Choices (availability may vary by year):

  • Economic theory
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Development economics
  • Health economics
  • International trade
  • Theories of Economic Development
  • Labour economics I
  • Monetary theory
  • Resource Economics
  • Research Seminar
  • From Disaster Relief to Development
  • Environmental economics
  • Economic Application of Game theory
  • Social Policy: Economic issues and Perspectives
  • Research Methods: A Graduate course in Applied Econometrics
  • Financial Economics

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,003.12 (US$ 8,837) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Dalhousie University

Studley Campus,

Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building, Room 130, 6299 South Street, PO Box 15000,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B3H 4R2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.3. English language requirement: Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92; MELAB: 85; IELTS: 7; CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60; Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE): A-; Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54.

For international students

Entrance requires an Honours BA (or BSc) in Economics (not Business) with an average of at least 75 percent (B+ or 3.3 on a scale where 4.3 is the maximum GPA) at Dalhousie standards in classes in economics and related fields. An Honours degree in Economics is expected to consist of a four-year (i.e., 20 credit) bachelor's degree .

English language proficiency test score:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (Academic iBT): 92
  • Written TOEFL: 580
  • MELAB: 85
  • IELTS: 7
  • CanTest: 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0)
  • CAEL: 70 with no band score lower than 60
  • Dalhousie College of Continuing Education (CCE) : A-
  • Pearson English Test PTE Academic: overall score of 65 and nothing below 54

The application deadline for September admission is Apr 01.

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


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