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Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

See “1.3 Admission” for University admission requirements. As well, the department requires that the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree with honours in economics or business administration, or must complete additional work to that standard. Normally, the graduate admissions committee will specify the appropriate additional requirements at the time of admission.

Degree Requirements

The MA program has four options (see below). Under each option, ECON 798 is required in addition to other work, unless a grade acceptable to the graduate program committee has been obtained in equivalent courses. An undergraduate course can be used with the approval of the graduate program committee.

  • thesis option – seven courses including core work and an original thesis

  • extended essay option – seven courses including core work and two extended essays

  • project option – eight courses including core work and a research project

  • course option – nine courses including core work and ECON 899 (MA Research Paper)

Core Course Work

The core course work will normally consist of

ECON 802 - Microeconomic Theory I (4)

An examination of the economic theory of market prices with reference to behavior of individual households, firms, and markets. Special emphasis will be placed on the implications of individual behavior for the allocation of resources. Prerequisite: ECON 331. Offered once a year.

ECON 835 - Econometrics (4)

An introduction to econometric theory. Applications of econometric methods to both time series and cross-section data. Offered once a year. Prerequisite: ECON 435 and ECON 798.

ECON 836 - Applied Econometrics (4)

A 'hands-on' course in implementing econometric techniques for empirical investigation of economic issues. Prerequisite: ECON 835 or equivalent.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Krishna Pendakur
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3611, Burnaby
WMC 3611, Burnaby
G101 Krishna Pendakur
We 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
WMC 3611, Burnaby

and one of

ECON 807 - Macroeconomic Theory and Policy (4)

An examination of basic macroeconomic theory, empirical macroeconomic data and models, macroeconomic analysis, and application to economic developments and policy issues. Prerequisite: ECON 798 or equivalent. Offered once a year.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Luba Petersen
Mo 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3611, Burnaby
WMC 3611, Burnaby
G101 Luba Petersen
Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3611, Burnaby
ECON 808 - Macroeconomic Theory (4)

An analysis of current theories of aggregate economic behavior. Topics covered in this course may include long-run growth, dynamic general equilibrium models, and business cycle analysis. Students with credit ECON 805 may not take this course for further credit.

Elective Course Work

The remaining courses beyond those designated as core work will be ECON graduate courses or, with permission of the graduate program chair, courses in graduate business administration and other subjects.

Research and Oral Examination

Under the thesis, extended essay or project option, research papers (not including ECON 899) must meet the standards set out in the Graduate General Regulations (see 1.9). An oral examination is required covering the students’ written research in particular, and program in general, as outlined in the Graduate Regulations.

Co-operative Education

This optional program provides work experience that complements MA studies.

MA students in good standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA may apply to co-op after satisfactory completion of their core course work.

The program consists of one or two separate work terms. Arrangements are made through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences co-op co-ordinator during the first semester of study (see Co-operative Education). To participate, prior approval from the graduate chair in the Department of Economics is required.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.