Master’s program

MA in Economics

Influence national and international priorities with cutting-edge research

Adapted to contemporary trends and the needs of the labour market, the program gives you the opportunity to explore lesser-known alternative approaches to economics while also acquiring a thorough knowledge of traditional methods. The Department follows the University of Ottawa’s four Strategic Areas of Development in Research: Canada and the World, Health, e-Society and Molecular and Environmental Sciences. The Department's 26 full-time professors and many part-time professors are specialists in one or more fields of expertise, some being known internationally. The MA program has been newly designed to allow for interested students to transfer and complete a PhD in Economics.

Three paths lead to a master's degree in Economics.

  • MA with Major Paper 
  • MA with Coursework 
  • CO-OP

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Economics

Students enrolled in the MA program may be allowed to fast-track to the PhD program without being required to complete the Master's program. For additional information, please consult the “Admission Requirements" section of the PhD program.

Additional information:

MA course sequence - Fall 2024 (PDF)

PhD program

PhD in Economics

The Ph.D. program is offered jointly with Carleton University.  The vast majority of Ph.D. courses are taught in English, but students may write and defend their thesis in English or French.

The PhD program offers specialization for intensive study and thesis research in:

  • Public Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Economics and the Environment
  • Econometrics
  • Labour Economics

Additional information: 

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Philosophy Economics

PhD Handbook (PDF)

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Department of Economics' students can apply to the following scholarships:

  • Beauchesne, Chabot, Delage Graduate Scholarship
  • Hok Yan Lee Memorial Scholarship 
  • John Proskie Scholarship 
  • Joseph Patrick and Eileen Marie Mulroy Memorial Scholarship    

Also, as a Faculty of Social Sciences' graduate student, you have access to faculty-wide scholarships, regardless of your program of study. For a complete list, log into uoZone.

How to apply for scholarships

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Contact us

Department of Economics

Faculty of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Building
120 University Private, Room 9005
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5
Canada (map)

Tel.: 613-562-5753

[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)


Supervisor of the Master's Program
Francesca Rondina
Social Sciences Building
Room 9058
Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 6602
[email protected]

Supervisor of the Ph.D. program
Louis Hotte
Social Sciences Building
Room 9048
Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 1692
[email protected]