Program Structure

Economics - Graduate (ERDE)

A Unique Degree

As in any Master of Arts degree in Economics, students in the ERDE program will learn modern micro and macroeconomics, and will obtain sound quantitative skills. Unlike standard programs however, ERDE graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge of the environmental and development concerns that affect both high and low income countries. Students have the option of completing a research project as part of their degree program, and can introduce an interdisciplinary aspect into their studies by taking complementary elective courses from elsewhere in the University.

ERDE graduates will be well-prepared for jobs in business or government. They will be uniquely positioned to act as researchers and practitioners in the growing non-governmental and not-for-profit sectors, both in Canada and around the world.

Program Structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit hours to graduate from the program. All students must complete the 6 Core courses listed below (for 18 credit hours total). There are three possible options for their remaining 6 credit hours:

  • Option 1: Course Work and Research Project - Students complete a 6 credit hour research project over the Winter and Spring/Summer semesters, under the supervision of an Economics faculty member.
  • Option 2: Course Work and Practicum –  A 6 credit hour practicum allows students with the opportunity to turn their theoretical knowledge of environmental, resource and development economics into practical skills by working with a Canadian government agency or non-governmental organization.
  • Option 3: Course Work Only – Students complete 6 credit hours of electives courses either from the Economics department (listed below), or from other departments across the university. The list of eligible electives from other departments may be found at:

Courses must be taken over the Fall and Winter semesters. The research project may be completed in the Fall, Winter or Spring semesters.

Core Economics Courses for ERDE

  1. Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  2. Macroeconomics (3 credit hours)
  3. Applied Econometrics (3 credit hours)
  4. Economic Development (3 credit hours)
  5. Environmental Economics (3 credit hours)
  6. Natural Resource Economics (3 credit hours)
Eligible Elective Courses for ERDE