We are currently accepting applications to this program.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
Ph.D.4 years

A PhD in Applied Economics will give you the skills to conduct research for businesses, governments, think tanks, and other research organizations, as well as to train the next generation of applied economics professionals as an academic.

The PhD program combines advanced courses in applied economics with a major research dissertation. The core of the program focuses on microeconomic theory and quantitative methods with one advanced course in macroeconomics. The student and their advisory committee determine the remainder of the student’s field courses.

The PhD in Applied Economics is a collaborative program offered by the departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Economics, and Finance and Management Science, and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. However, the list below may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Kenneth BelcherEcological economics, Resource and environmental economics, Environmental policy, Wetland and wildlife conservation policy
Joel BruneauInternational trade; environment; pollution; resource; water
James CaoApplied economics, interface of marketing & operations management, interface of finance & operations management, ecommerce, supply chain management
Maxym ChabanCommodity prices; econometrics; exchange rates; international finance
Cristina EchevarriaDeveloping countries; development studies; economic growth; economics of development; international trade
Guidon Fenig BravermanExperimental Economics; Behavioral Economics
Kelly FoleyApplied econometrics; Earnings inequality; Economics of Education; Labour Economics; Socioeconomic status and education
Murray FultonInnovation policy, Behavioural economics, Climate change policy, Intellectual property rights, Co-operatives, Agricultural and resource policy
Don GilchristRegional economics; public economics; urban economics
Richard GrayAgricultural international trade, land use, risk and production economics, food safety, economics of nutrition, agricultural marketing
Hayley HesselnEffects of change on the boreal forest and property rights regimes associated with natural resources across the circumpolar north
Jill HobbsEconomics of food safety, quality and traceability, supply chain relationships in the agri-food sector, consumer behaviour; food policy
Mehran Hojati
Eric HoweAboriginal; Arctic; Indigenous; Saskatchewan; forecasting; indigenous; microeconomics
Mobinul HuqEconomic development; labour market; microeconomics; transport economics; urban
William A. (Bill) KerrInternational Trade Policy, International Commercial Policy and International Agribusiness
Anna Klimina19th Century; 20th Century; Institutional and social economics; economics of development; economics of transition; history of economic thought
Surendra KulshreshthaGreenhouse gas emission mitigation, Drought economic impact assessment, Water resources and irrigation, Environmental valuation
Abdullah MamunMonetary policy and banking, bank risk management, financial economics, M&A
Min MaungDividend signaling, asymmetric information, corporate governance, market timing, credit ratings
Eric MicheelsAgricultural finance, marketing strategy, agribusiness management
Dev MishraCorporate Finance, International corporate finance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cost of Capital, CEO and Board Attributes
Saeed MoshiriApplied Economics; Economic Development; Economic Growth; Energy Economics; Technological Changes
Haizhen MouHealth policy, Fiscal policy
David NatcherAboriginal land and resource management, economic and environmental anthropology, Arctic and Subarctic North America
James NolanRegulatory economics, computational economics, transportation policy, regional and urban economics
Peter PhillipsScience, tech, & innovation policy, International political economy, Regulation, gov. & trade policy, Decision making & behavioural experimentatation
Andreas PollakEmployment insurance; growth; macroeconomics; quantitative methods; unemployement
Marie RacineAsset pricing, risk measurement, ownership structure, corporate social responsibility, financial literacy, behavioral finance
Hamed SamarghandiHealthcare optimization, supply chain management, scheduling optimization
Nazmi SariAnti-smoking policies; cost benefit analysis; cost effectiveness; econometrics; economic evaluation; health; health economics; quality of healthcare; quantitative methods; sports & exercise
Enchuan ShaoMacroeconomics; Monetary Economics
Tristan SkolrudProduction and productivity analysis, natural resource and environmental economics, applied econometrics
Peter SladeAgricultural policy, industrial organization, productivity analysis, social economics
Stuart SmythIntersect of regulation and liability as it relates to innovation, agricultural biotechnology
Lee SwansonEntrepreneurship, social enterprise, angel financing, venture capital
George TannousDerivatives trading, option writing risks & rewards, derivative securities & bank risk management, corporate ownership structure & capital investment
Keith WilloughbyData analytics, Operations research modeling in transportation and health care, Lean process improvement
Craig WilsonCorporate finance, corporate governance
Fan YangCorporate finance, financial markets
Jingang ZhaoChina; games; microeconomic; organization; taxes

Tuition and funding


Highly qualified students who are engaged in the program on a full-time basis will be eligible for financial support in the form of scholarships, teaching and research assistantships allocated on a competitive basis. All complete applications received by January 15 will be automatically considered for funding.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2018 $1379.00 $2178.82
January 1 - April 30, 2019 $1379.00 $2178.82
May 1 - August 31, 2019 $1379.00 $2178.82
Total per academic year $4137.00 $6536.46

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Doctor of Philosophy

  • A master’s degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units). 
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three academic referees. Please ensure that you have the correct email addresses before applying.
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • A curriculum vitae or resume

  • A letter or statement of purpose outlining your research interests
    Your letter or statement of purpose offers you the opportunity to describe to the graduate program admissions committee your research interests and your fit with the Applied Economics PhD program. It also provides you the opportunity to clearly detail your background and preparation, and to indicate the particular area (or areas) of applied economics that interest you.  In your statement, please clearly address the following:
    1. Why do you want to pursue a PhD in Applied Economics?
    2. Describe your research background and preparation for the program
    3. Outline one or more areas of applied economics in which you would like to do research.

Your statement should be around 1000 words in total length. You do NOT need to have a well-developed research proposal. The letter is an opportunity to show your personality, critical thinking ability, and interest in applied economics research. Consider saying something distinctive that sets you apart from other applicants. The letter will also help the admissions committee determine if there is a good match among the faculty in the participating units within the program to supervise you in one of your proposed areas of research.


Applied Economics Ph.D. Program
Rm 2D14 - 51 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8

Graduate Administrator
Melissa Zink

Graduate Committee
Dr. Richard Gray (Chair)
Dr. Craig Wilson
Dr. Murray Fulton
Dr. Joel Bruneau 

The Ph.D. in Applied Economics is a collaborative program offered by the following departments:

All inquiries to: Graduate Administrator