Burnaby, British ColumbiaLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    EStd 1965established year

    Master of Arts [M.A] (Economics)

    1 year
    full time
    Thesis Based

    Field of Study 

    $ 5,481 

    1st Year

    International Student Tution

    Program Description

    • Master of Arts in Economics at Simon Fraser University is offered as a 1-year teaching program.
    • It is an on-campus, thesis-based program offered on a full-time basis and has been designed so that students can complete this degree in 3 semesters.
    • The Economics program provides training in a wide range of theoretical, empirical, and policy-relevant fields.
    • The Major Components of the Economics program are:
      • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
      • Microeconomic Theory
      •  Econometrics 
      •  Applied Econometrics 
      •  Macroeconomic Theory 
    • The program consists of 3 options: course work, thesis, or project option for a minimum of 30 units.
    • This program provides a background in economic theory, quantitative methods, and applied areas of study suitable for students who are either planning a career in business or government jobs.
    • Students are expected to complete the program in 3 terms for the course option, 4 terms for the project option, and 5 terms for the thesis option.
    • The program is designed to prepare students for a career in the public or the private sector and to pursue further studies in a PhD program.
    • Co-op is an optional university program that provides work experience to the students with a minimum 3.0 CGPA, consists of 1 or 2 work terms. 
    • The department of Economics has more than 30 active faculty members and the student-faculty ratio of this program is 21:1, which helps to increase interaction between professors and students.
    • The Research Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences department has received awards like Cormack Teaching Awards, Dean's Medal Awards, FASS Employee Achievement Awards.
    • MA in Economics at Simon Fraser University ranks 2nd in Research according to QS ranking 2019 in Canada.
    • Job opportunities after the Master of Arts in Economics are as a Consultant, Policy Analyst, Economist, etc and the average salary is 56,250 USD.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type OfferedMaster
    Duration1 year
    Fees$ 6819 for 1 year
    Delivery Typefull time
    Admission Intakespring (Deadline - Jan 15)
    Language ProficiencyTOEFL,IELTS,PTE
    Program URL

    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    • Students must complete a bachelor's degree in economics or related field from a recognized institution.
    • The related fields include a UG degree in Mathematics, Social Science, Statistics, History of Economics, Political Economy.
    • The cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (B grade) out of 4.33 is required to be eligible for the program.

    Work Experience Eligibility:

    • The works experience is more useful for students opting for the thesis-based M.A program and admission is offered based upon publications, participation in research projects, and academic awards.
    • If students have any work experience then the chances of accepting the applications are more.


    Students without related academic experience or work experience students are also encouraged to apply, given they have following requirement:

    • Students with a strong background in disciplines other than economics may be admitted as qualifying students.
    • Knowledge of quantitative and analytical skills is required.

    Indian Student Eligibility:

    Indian students are eligible to apply if they have completed a 4-year UG degree with first class in a relevant field from a recognized institution.

    Submission of GRE scores is not compulsory for this program, however, it is recommended to submit the scores (minimum 300) for better a chance of admission.

    Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test to get admission to this program.

    Required Document List

    Following are the required documents:

    • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
    • Online application form: Students have to submit an online application form at the official website.
    • All post-secondary transcripts: Students have to submit all official documents containing student’s grades. Thus, post-secondary transcripts refer to undergraduate, graduate, medical school, law school, or other higher education transcripts.
    • Three academic or professional references: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
    • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
    • Electronic Official transcripts: Submit copies of official transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended in PDF format.
    • Personal Statement: It should include a brief overview of themselves, strengths, and any work experience and/or education that students have.
    • A Credential evaluation report from WES Canada or ICES: If students have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, they must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).
    • Statement of research interests: Student has to fill their interesting research work area in the application form.
    • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

    Application Deadline

    Event End Date
    spring Jan 15, 2022

    Scores Required

    88 / 120

    Avg. Score in


    6.5 / 9

    Avg. Score in


    65 / 90

    Avg. Score in


    300 / 340

    Avg. Score in


    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearYear 1
    Tuition Fees$5481
    Health Insurance$579
    Book and Supplies$759
    Total Fees$6819

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Room And Board$ 4755
    Food$ 3330


    Times Higher Education

    Times Higher Education 2021

    Ranked #151 / 601

    Economics [ International ]

    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    Name AmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    Rotary Foundation Scholarships- Global GrantsVariableYesJun 30, 2021
    BrokerFish International student scholarship$ 1000YesDec 21, 2020
    Forktip Women’s- Innovation ScholarshipVariableYesAug 30, 2020
    VueVille Future Technology Scholarship$ 1000YesSep 30, 2020

    VISA & Work Study


    • A Student VISA is required to study in Canada which allows to work and do research on-campus.
    • The Student VISA is usually valid for the length of the study program, plus an extra 90 days.
    • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
      • Application form and Study Plan
      • Biometrics (fingerprints and photographs)
      • Valid Passport
      • Official SFU Acceptance Letter
      • Financial Evidence

    Work Study

    The Work-Study Program allows students to take part in research-based projects. Students may work on-campus and off-campus.

    On-Campus: Work-Study is available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Students will be awarded 140 Work-Study hours for a term. The hourly rate of pay is $15.20 per hour. It is possible to work on-campus with a work permit if the student meets the following requirements:

    • Valid study permit that includes a condition stating Students may work on campus.
    • Enrolled as a full-time student.

    Off-Campus: Students are eligible to work off-campus and may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks. Students are eligible to work off-campus without a work permit if they meet the following requirements:

    • Valid study permit that includes a condition stating students may work off-campus.
    • Enrolled in a program of 6 months or more that leads to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
    • Enrolled as a full-time student.

    Career and Placement after Course

    Following are the Job opportunities for MA Economics students:

    • Consultant.
    • Professor.
    • Policy Analyst.
    • Budget Analyst.
    • Economist
    • Market Researcher.
    • Statistician.

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