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Department of Economics


University Catalogue


Graduate Secretary: Mary Jane Hanson

Department of Economics
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A5

Phone: (306) 966-5197

Our nationally and internationally recognized program trains students for employment as professional economists for the public and private sector. Our students also go on to doctoral studies at universities in Canada, the US, and Europe.


The Department of Economics is home to 14 full-time faculty engaged in research activities covering a broad spectrum of fields. These include behavioral economics, altruism and household behaviour, environmental and natural resources, health, labour, industrial organization game theory, international economics, development, regional economics, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and econometrics.

The department works closely with other departments on campus to provide our students full and rigorous training.


All applicants need to meet the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Graduate Studies and Research requirements.  

Admissions are allocated on a competitive basis based on grade point average, performance in advanced economics courses, GRE, Proof of English Proficiency, and referee’s recommendations.


February 1. Students begin their programs on September 1. There is no January admission.


Financial supports in the form of scholarships, graduate teaching fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships are provided to a limited number of fully qualified graduate students on a competitive basis. All successful applicants are automatically considered for financial support.

Our scholarships and graduate teaching fellowships are approximately $16,000 per year. Awards will be made starting in March. The Department provides some teaching assistantships to students who are not successful in obtaining scholarships or graduate teaching fellowships.


There is a wide spectrum of professional opportunities available to Economics graduates. Many pursue professional careers in government or in international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Economic experts are increasingly in demand as the business world globalizes and becomes increasingly high-tech in nature.

Students with training in economics are actively recruited into the job market locally, nationally and internationally for positions related to corporate policy, business management, intellectual property, international development, international trade, marketing, price analysis, community development and resource management. 

P.G.D. +

Applications to the P.G.D. program are approved by the Economics Graduate Admissions Committee under special circumstances.


  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year)
  • A minimum 65% cumulative average including courses in Advanced Micro and Macro Economic Theory, Econometrics, and Mathematical Economics

M.A. +

An M.A. degree in economics may be obtained by successfully completing five graduate classes and writing a thesis, or by taking eight graduate classes and submitting a research paper. The average completion time of the Department of Economics M.A. program is less than two years.

Students need to take courses in economic theory and quantitative courses, as well as in fields of specialization. The core course requirements are Econ 800 Micro Theory, Econ 801 Macro Theory, Econ 805 Mathematical Analysis in Economics, Econ 808 Econometrics. In addition, we offer a selection of courses from among: Advanced Econometrics, Game Theory, Economics of Behavior, Health Economics, International Trade and Environment, Public Finance, Regional-Urban Development, Industrial Organization, Labour Economics, and Development Economics.


  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year)
  • A minimum 70% cumulative average including courses in Advanced Micro and Macro Economic Theory, Econometrics, and Mathematical Economics