Master of Arts (MA)

Admission Requirements

Candidates must at a minimum satisfy the general requirements for admission as spelled out in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations. Entrance to a one-year MA Program requires an Honours BA or BSc in Economics (or equivalent) with an average of at least B+ (upper second-class) at Dalhousie standards in Economics and related fields. Normally this means completion of at least 48 credit hours in Economics beyond the introductory level including courses in Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory beyond the intermediate level, Statistics, Econometrics and courses in applied areas of economics. Mathematics courses which are equivalent to Dalhousie MATH 1000.03: Differential and Integral Calculus I, MATH 1010.03: Differential and Integral Calculus II and MATH 2030.03: Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra I are also required.

Applicants must satisfy the English Language proficiency requirements of Dalhousie. For more information, see “English Language Proficiency” under “Admissions Requirements” for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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/or the ability of students to arrange a research supervisor.

Approval by the department and the Faculty of Graduate Studies is required for the program of each student.

Completion of MA Program

Students must successfully complete the required and optional courses of their program. Normally a course of study includes:

  • Math Workshop (early in September)
  • ECON 5200.03: Research Seminar
  • ECON 5500.03: Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON 5509.03: Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 5575.03/ECON 5576.03: Econometrics I/Econometrics II
  • nine credit hours graduate electives in applied fields of economics
  • a research essay

Students may build the essay on a course term paper but must demonstrate substantial differences and improvements over the original paper. Essays will be evaluated by the Faculty readers drawn from the department.

Normally the math workshop, ECON 5200: Research Seminar for Masters' Students, ECON 5500: Macroeconomic Theory, ECON 5509: Microeconomic Theory and ECON 5575: Econometrics I are taken in the fall term, ECON 5576: Econometrics II and the electives are taken in the winter term, and the thesis or essay is written in the summer. Economics field courses normally require research papers.

Thesis Option

Students who excel in the first term and demonstrate superior writing and research ability may, with the permission of the graduate coordinator and a supervisory committee, choose to write a thesis rather than the essay. Normally, a committee is chosen by the end of the first semester and, in this case, the student would be required to take two half-credit applied field classes rather than three. Students who choose the thesis option are expected to undertake research of innovative, original and publishable quality.