MA program

The Economics MA program provides training in a wide range of theoretical, empirical, and policy-relevant fields. The program is designed to prepare students for a career in the public or the private sector, or to pursue further studies in a PhD program. The program is offered on a full-time basis and is designed so that students can complete the degree in one year.

Course requirements and program options

For the MA course requirements and program options, please see the  SFU Academic Calendar.

Program guidelines and satisfactory progress

To remain in good academic standing, MA students are required to make satisfactory progress by following the MA Satisfactory Progress Guidelines set by the department.

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress are normally required to withdraw from the program. In addition to the departmental guidelines, SFU requires that all graduate students maintain a minimum 3.0 CGPA.

Co-operative education

Co-operative education (co-op) is an optional university program which provides work experience to complement our MA program. Students in good standing, with a minimum 3.0 CGPA, may apply for co-op. The co-op program consists of one or two work terms. Applications are made through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences co-op coordinator during the first term of study  (see Co-operative Education).

Department guidelines for graduate directed readings classes


  • All student requests for graduate directed readings classes are subject to approval by the Graduate Chair.
  • The Graduate Chair will consider the student's academic progress, research field and needs, and the enrollment in the regular graduate elective classes (ECON 8xx and 9xx) offered in that term.
  • Priority will be given to requests by second- or third-year PhD students who intend to embark on related research with the respective professor.
  • No more than one directed readings class would normally be counted toward satisfying the “minimum four graduate electives” PhD program requirement.
  • Directed readings requests by MA students will normally be approved only in special circumstances and after consultation with the respective faculty member.


1. The student should submit the following five (5) working days before the first day of classes of the term in which the proposed directed readings course would be taken: 

a. Completed form signed by the faculty member who will teach the course

b. Reading list 

Please send the completed form and list to the Graduate Program Assistant at Requests received after the deadline will not be accepted but can be re-submitted in the following term.

2. The Graduate Chair will review all requests submitted before the deadline and approve or deny them before the start of the term, following the guidelines stated above.