Student Testimonials

The economics department at UNB is centered on a close group of highly skilled professors. With a highly favorable faculty to student ratio, students receive the necessarily personable instruction that is required for an understanding of economics. The strength of the department lies in the faculty that take the extra time to relate material to real-world events and to develop a measure of economic thinking that will serve the student in any field that they might consider. Students can take their knowledge of economics from UNB and use it as a springboard to employment and career opportunities, or they can take advantage of the honors program that will prepare them for graduate programs worldwide..."  - Todd Crawford, BA (Econ) 2004, currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina

"The UNB Department of Economics offers students so much more than just classes. It challenges students to think about economics in a real-world setting through assignments, exams and class lectures. At the same time, the department encourages students to express their opinions in class and to think for themselves.

The professors are very accessible to students. In no other department have I seen so many doors open to students than walking through the halls of the Department of Economics. The professors are willing to sit down and discuss any problems you might have or to provide guidance on assignments.

The department offers students an environment that is conducive to learning. It stimulates students to think about economic issues, offers advice when needed, and provides a home away from home with two grad rooms and access to the faculty lounge. All of this support makes a student's experience with the Department of Economics both rewarding and enjoyable." - Adam Martin, BBA (Economics major) 2005, MA(Econ) 2006, Accelerated Economist Training Program, Government of Canada

"My five years spent with the Economics Department at the University of New Brunswick were amazing. It was really impressive that such a dedicated group of individuals were all working in one department. Each and every member was very dedicated to both their teaching and research responsibilities. I truly believe that courses offered by the Economics Department are useful for any student, from any degree program.

As a result of my Economics classes, I feel I am an informed citizen with the ability to think critically about the world around me. I do not hesitate to recommend each and every course offered by this department. I know that your experience both inside and outside the classroom will be a positive one."

Heather Conde, BA (Econ) '05, MA (Econ) '06, BEd '07, Bathurst High School (Social Sciences Department)

"The Department of Economics cares about students! It provides a supportive environment that is conducive to active learning, networking and success.

Esteemed faculty engage learners by presenting theoretical models with emphasis on realistic applications including policy. Their enthusiasm and approachability inspire students to explore and master the discipline.

The possibilities are endless as a Masters graduate from the Department of Economics. I am well-prepared for a career in the public or private sector, as well as PhD studies." - Angela Daley, BBA (Electronic Commerce and Economics) 2004, MA (Economics) 2008

"I undertook the 12 month MA program in Economics at UNB in the Fall of 2006. I found this experience to be truly rewarding as I was introducted to several topics and theoretical perspectives that gave me an excellent understanding of mainstream economics. I found the skills and knowledge I acquired during this period to be of great interest to several prestigious employers and highly competitive universities offering PhD programs. In addition, I very much enjoyed the small class sizes and the ability to work closely with professors who have exceptional research backgrounds. Whether choosing to continue onward to a PhD or entering the labour force, UNB's MA in economics program caters very well to the desires of each individual." - Barry Watson, BBA 2003, MA (Economics) 2006

Even though it has been quite a long time since I studied economics it still surprises me how often I draw on material I learned while a student at UNB. I had an interest in economics as an undergrad, as a discipline it can seem a litte esoteric while you are sitting in a classroom but I am a believer that the real world applications of the material are everywhere. My current job involved looking at economic data every day and a firm grounding in the basics is critical in quickly and accurately evaluating the barrage of material that crosses my desk. The environment at UNB provided a broad range of interesting offerings with small enough classes to allow you to have decent access to the profs. That makes a big difference when the concepts get a little more difficult and /or interesting. Studying public finance with Professor Passaris shaped much of my early economic/political thinking. As a result I became a Keynesian and remained firm in my view even when it was not fashionable through the boom years of budget surpluses in Canada. The model of public policy responses to economic inefficiencies is now taken as a given in the current "credit crunch". Material I studies at UNB put me ahead of the curve when the global economy started to fail and governments stepped in to try and stimulte the system. I don't think academic study could ever be more relevant or valuable. I think that is the most obvious example of direct applications from the classroom to the workplace, but several courses, from very general macroeconomics to more specific money and banking studies still pop up in my day to day activties and I think that makes my time at UNB a wise investment. - Peter Weldon, BA (Econ) 1991


I am very happy to choose economics department at UNB to begin my graduate studies. The department not only offered the theory courses but also provided me with economic tools to deal with the real life issue. and the friendly and closed environment in the department was perfect for international study. The program is not big, so that the professor concerns every individual in the class. When I was at UNB, there were six people in the program. It was not big, but we interacted with each other frequently. It was my most enjoyable study experience in Canada. I did my MA report under the supervision of Professor Dickson. He was very dedicated and patient. He devoted so much time on helping me start with my research. And in this department, I obtained very helpful advice from professors on future career approach. And finally I choe to enter a PhD program. It was really a great international study experience here! - Jue Zhang

I was fortunate to see the department from two different sides, one as a graduate student and the other as an instructor. As a student I was able to appreciate the quality of people around me. It felt like they truly cared for me and wanted to see me succeed both on an academic level and on a personal level. As an instructor however I had the privilege of really getting to know those people. It felt like much more than a job and almost like a family. Some of the relationships that were fostered during my time I still cherish today and feel very lucky to have been a part of such a wonderful organization. - Maryna Ivus