Program

Application deadline is February 1st each year.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.1 - 2 years

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.

Economics MA students are eligible to join a co-op program and complement their study terms with paid co-op terms. This is an excellent option for those who plan to look for a job upon graduation. Experiential learning provided by co-op terms gives students hands-on experience applying theoretical concepts and applied skills learned during the course-work to a “real world” problem.

Our faculty conduct research in a variety of areas, below are a few of their strengths:

  • microeconomic and macroeconomic theory
  • econometrics
  • experimental and behavioral economics
  • natural resources and environmental economics
  • health economics
  • labour economics
  • industrial organization
  • game theory
  • international economics
  • development economics
  • regional economics

Tuition and funding

Funding

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.

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 and Mexico.

Tuition

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, 2020 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
January 1 - April 30, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
May 1 - August 31, 2021 $1,420.00 CAD $2,243.60 CAD
Total per academic year $4,260.00 CAD $6,730.80 CAD

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2020 Winter 2021Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Student fees$699.04 CAD $299.28 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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.

Graduate students on a co-op placement pay an additional tuition at $500 for Canadian and $790 for international students per term.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Submission of the GRE is recommended for all applicants. Applicants who have not earned a degree from Canada or the USA are required to submit a GRE.
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a minimum 70% average (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units) including courses in Advanced Micro and Macro Economic Theory, Econometrics, and Mathematical Economics

Application process

Submit an online application

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. 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.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

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

  • It is your responsibility to have completed any relevant test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required test score.

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official GRE test scores mailed directly to the academic unit for the program for which you applied. 

Contact

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

Graduate Admissions Inquiries
Economics Graduate Programs
Email: grad.economics@usask.ca