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What will I learn?

The Department also offers a Master of Development Economics (MDE), which is a professional course of study that focuses on economic progress in poor countries and poor regions of wealthy countries such as Canada. The MDE prepares students for professional policy analysis in the public or private sectors in Canada or abroad.

The Department of Economics hosts this innovative program of graduate studies in social and economic development. The program is primarily designed for students and young professionals pursuing, or intending to embark on, careers in government, educational and professional institutions, private corporations, or non-governmental organizations.

One year with a bachelor's degree and sufficient preparation in economics (see below).
Those with insufficient background in economics may be admitted to the MDE program with additional course requirements to satisfy the gap in economics preparation, which may extend the degree beyond one year. Alternatively, such students may be given the option of a Qualifying Year or Special Undergraduate Year to prepare them to qualify for admission to the MDE program.

Program Description:

Students have three required courses:

ECON 5000: Development Microeconomics

ECON 5001: Economic Growth OR ECON 5253: Open Economy Macroeconomics

ECON 5254: Applied Development Economics

Students can take either 5 electives or 3 electives plus a thesis. A thesis must be approved by a supervisor and the graduate coordinator. One elective must be in economics, but the remainder can be graduate courses in other departments with the permission of the graduate coordinator.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

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

Expected September 2022


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 for admission to the LLM program should hold a first degree in law equivalent to the Dalhousie JD, passed with at least a 3.5 GPA (or Upper Second Class Honours). Candidates from outside Canada whose native language is other than English will be required to pass an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, 600/250/100) (IELTS 7.5 or higher).

For international students

Candidates for the one-year MDE program must have a four-year (i.e., 20 credit) BA, BSc or Bcomm degree with an average of at least B+ (upper second class) at Dalhousie standards.

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

The application deadline For September admission is Apr 01.

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


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