Graduate Studies | Programs | Economics | UNB


  • Degree Offered: MA
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 for funding consideration, Open
  • Study Options: Research-based stream with MA Report, and Course-based stream with research essay, Co-op options for either stream
  • Length: One to two years, minimum one extra term with Co-op option
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter, Summer

The MA Economics Program includes two streams: (i) Research-Based Stream (RBS) and (ii) Course-Based Stream (CBS). RBS consists of eight one-term graduate courses and a Master's Report while CBS consists of 10 graduate courses, one of which must be an elective with a research essay. Applicants should declare their preferred stream at the time of application. Once in the program, students can apply for a change in their stream based on academic performance.

Co-op is optional, not specifically required for the degree. Co-op can be taken by either coursework or research-based students. The option will allow students to supplement their academic education with on-the-job learning. 

The foundations of the MA program is a core of courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Courses in regional economic development, transportation economics, environmental economics, health economics, industrial organization, public policy and applied econometrics are regularly offered. For both the RBS and CBS there are two options in terms of the duration and content of the program: one-year program and two-year program.

We generally have about 30 students in the program. Students have access to working or researching in the Policy Studies Centre under the leadership of the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics (Dr. Herb Emery), and also the NB-IRDT (New Brunswick Institute of Research, Data and Training), headed by Dr. Ted McDonald.

Research areas

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Regional Development 
  • Industrial Organization
  • Labour Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Transportation Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Financial Economics

Current faculty research

Application requirements

  1. Applicants should hold a BA, Honours Economics or a program with intensive specialization in Economics with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B, or upper second-class standing)  
  2. Applicants are required to submit a completed application
  3. International Applicants must submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test score (minimum score of 150 in Quantitative Part), and a Statement of Purpose.
  4. International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores. Minimum TOEFL score of  92/120 or a minimum IELTS band 7.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Yuri Yevdokimov, Director of Graduate Studies, or Jodi O'Neill, Administrative Assistant.

Office: Singer Hall, RM 465

Phone: 1-506-453-4828

Related: Economics Department

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