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The Department of Economics offers the degrees of Doctor of/Doctorate in Philosophy, Master of/Magisteriate in Arts and Diploma in Economics.

The Ph.D. program provides state of the art training in economics for those who wish to enter an academic career, or pursue private or public sector careers in economics at a senior level. Our M.A. Program provides professional training in economics for those who seek careers in which economic analysis plays an important role. The M.A. program has a Co-op option that provides students with work experience as part of their studies. The Diploma Program is designed for those without an extensive undergraduate training in economics who wish to acquire a basic proficiency in economics at the graduate level.

Our programs are all located in downtown Montreal on the Sir George Williams Campus of Concordia University. There is however, a high degree of co-operation among departments in Montreal and thus students are able to register in courses at other Montreal Universities. 

As well, each year the Departments of Economics at Concordia University, HEC-Montréal, McGill University and Université de Montréal reserve courses in several areas of specialization, for Ph.D students who have completed the first stage of their doctoral studies. For more information on the specific courses reserved for joint study by Ph.D students at these Universities, as well as, several other courses which might be of interest to Ph.D students studying in Montreal, see Joint Ph.D Course Offerings


Program Objectives

The study of economics has changed considerably over the past twenty years, influenced mainly by the advent and prevalence of mathematical and econometric methods of analysis. While it was once possible to gain a fairly broad knowledge of the subject at the undergraduate level, this target is now more difficult to achieve. Consequently, the graduate programs are designed to provide students with a broad based knowledge of theories, quantitative methods and applications of economics. At the doctoral level, students specialize by choosing two areas in which they will pursue advanced course work and research, while at the master's level, one field is required. The Diploma in Economics is designed to provide students, who already hold an undergraduate degree, with a more specialized knowledge of economics. The emphasis of the Diploma is on applications and policies as opposed to the purely theoretical aspects of economics.

Courses are offered in economic development and planning; financial economics; public economics; international economics; industrial economics; labour economics; economic theory; and econometrics.


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