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Economics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #239 (QS) Kingston, Canada
Queen's Univeristy offers what we believe is the finest Masters program in Economics in Canada. Our program is rigorous and demanding, but it is also challenging and exciting, and it is noted for being highly collegial and congenial.


Our Economics program is held in very high esteem by its graduates, by its current students, and by professional economists in Canada and throughout the world. The program is designed to prepare students to undertake both applied and theoretical research. It involves a central core of courses in economic theory and quantitative methods, together with some specialization according to interest.

A special feature of the M.A. program from Queen's University is that it offers students the chance to undertake independent research with individual supervision, in the form of either an M.A. Essay or a Master's Thesis. Most students choose the former option, since the essay is designed to be written during the summer after all coursework has been completed. Both of these options enhance the prospects of those seeking employment at the M.A. level and provide excellent preparation for writing a dissertation at the Ph.D. level.

Because most students live near campus, and we provide office space for all graduate students, there is a great deal of interaction among M.A. students, Ph.D. students, and faculty members. Good students often learn as much from each other as they do from lectures, and Queen's provides an ideal setting for this sort of learning.

Career options:

Queen's M.A. students have been particularly successful in obtaining employment during the past decade. Recent placements include the Bank of Canada, the Department of Finance, Statistics Canada, Industry Canada, Health Canada, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion Bank, Deloitte-Touche, Angus-Reid, Arthur Anderson, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Goldman Sachs.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory 
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Master's Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.8

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.8 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A GPA of 2.8 will be required in the course work.
  • Most students accepted for admission to our M.A. program in Economics at Queen's possess an honours bachelor degree with a major concentration in economics. Most successful applicants will have taken undergraduate courses in statistics and quantitative methods for economics, intermediate and advanced micro and macro-economic theory, and two or three further upper-year courses in economics, plus linear algebra and differential and integral calculus. 
  • Applicants do not necessarily have to possess a degree in economics, however, they must be able to demonstrate a strong background in economics by excelling at the courses listed above. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14899 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14899 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    7108 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7108 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Kingston

  • 1015 - 1620 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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