Doctor of Philosophy (Thesis Based)

The Department of Economics provides a thesis based PhD program in which students develop competency in the core areas of economics as well as mastery in their chosen fields. Faculty and students are involved in the following fields of research:

  • Applied Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics
  • Environmental, Natural Resource, and Energy Economics
  • Monetary and Financial Economics
  • International and Development Economics
  • Labour and Education Economics
  • Industrial Organization and Regulatory Economics
  • Public Economic and Law and Economics
  • Health Economics

A specialization of "Natural Resource and Environmental Economics" is offered jointly by the Departments of Economics and Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.

Academic Admission Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a Masters degree in Economics with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading scale in the last 2 years (60 credits) of full time study.
  • The equivalent of a GPA of at least 3.2 on the University of Alberta 4-point grading scale in all economics courses taken
  • International students may refer to the Minimum Academic Requirements by Country to determine eligibility.
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Economics are required to take 12 courses which will consist of the following:

• ECON 503 - Microeconomic Theory I
• ECON 505 - Microeconomic Theory II
• ECON 581 - Macroeconomic Theory I
• ECON 582 - Macroeconomic THeory II
• ECON 591 - Graduate Research Workshop I
• ECON 598 - Econometric Theory and Applications
• ECON 599 - Applied Econometrics
• 5 Graduate Level (500/600) ECON field courses

Students who completed their MA in Economics at the University of Alberta will be given credit for the core courses taken in their Masters program and only be required to take ECON 505, 582, 591 and 5 graduate level ECON field courses.

Doctoral applicants do not require a secured supervisor to apply for the program. Students will secure their supervisor in the second year of their program after they have successfully written the Macro and Micro Economic comprehensive exams.

Please refer to the Application Process section for information regarding other requirements and to apply.