Graduate students in the Department of Economics are classified into one of the following seven categories:
- Qualifying graduate students. Students who have studied economics up to the intermediate level. Ordinarily it takes two academic years to complete the MA after admission to this category - one year taking qualifying courses, and one year taking the MA coursework (it may take longer in special cases). In their first year, full-time Qualifying Graduate students must pass four prescribed undergraduate courses in each of two terms.
These include Applications of Mathematics to Economics I and II (ECON 386 and 387), Econometric Methods (ECON 497), Advanced Microeconomic Theory (ECON 481), and Advanced Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 482). All of these courses have prerequisites which students should have already taken.
In special cases, two of the most senior of these prerequisite courses may be included among the courses required for a Qualifying Graduate Student. The prerequisite courses include Introductory Microeconomics (ECON 101), Introductory Macroeconomics (ECON 102), Intermediate Microeconomics I and II (ECON 281 and 384), Intermediate Macroeconomics I and II (ECON 282 and 385), and Introductory Econometrics (ECON 399). Students who do not have these prerequisite courses will generally not be considered for admission as a Qualifying Graduate Student.
In their qualifying year students must obtain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (equivalent of a B grade) on the 8 courses, including a pass grade (C+ or better) on all required courses in order to proceed to their second year as a candidate for a Master's degree in Economics.
Qualifying Students who pass all required courses and obtain a GPA of at least 3.5 on the 8 courses can request to be admitted as a candidate for the Master's degree in Economics and Finance program, which is a 2 year program.
- Candidates for a Master's degree in Economics. Students who have the equivalent of the degree of BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Alberta can complete the MA in one year.
- Candidates for a Master's degree in Economics and Finance. Students who have the equivalent of the degree of BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Alberta can complete the MA in Economics and Finance (MA-EF) in two years.
- Provisional candidates for a doctoral degree. Students are first admitted as provisional candidates and reclassified as candidates after they have passed the oral candidacy examination.
- Candidates for a doctoral degree. Upon satisfactory completion of the oral candidacy examination, all provisional doctoral candidates are reclassified as candidates for a doctoral degree.
- Special graduate students. Students who are eligible for admission to the Faculty and who, although not registered in a degree program at this University, take one or more graduate courses for credit, with the permission of the Department.
- Visiting graduate students. Students of another university or college who have been permitted to take one or more courses for transfer credit to the home institution which has agreed in advance to such an arrangement.