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Master of Arts [M.A] (Economics)

 2 years
 full time
 on campus
  Thesis Based

Field of Study

$ 7,220 

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Program Description

  • Simon Fraser University offers MA in Economics with a duration of 2 years (5 terms). 
  • This course is offered on a full-time basis.
  • The program consists of three options: course work, thesis or project option for a minimum of 30 units.
  • Major Components of the Economics program are:
    • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
    • Microeconomic Theory
    •  Econometrics 
    •  Applied Econometrics 
    •  Macroeconomic Theory 
  • 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.
  • Co-operative education (co-op) is an optional university program that provides work experience to the students.
  • Students with a minimum 3.0 CGPA, may apply for co-op, consists of one or two work terms. 
  • The Department of Economics has more than 30 active faculty members. 
  • The Student-Faculty ratio of the Economics program is 21:1.
  • Master of Arts in Economics at Simon Fraser University ranks 2nd in Research according to QS ranking 2019 in Canada.
  • The Research Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences department has received awards like Cormack Teaching Awards, Dean's Medal Awards, FASS Employee Achievement Awards.
  • Placements/job opportunities after the Master of Arts in Economics are as a Consultant, Policy Analyst, Economist, Market Researcher, Statistician, etc.
  • The average salary is 56,250 USD after the completion of the program.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration2 years
Fees$ 17,966 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Spring (Deadline - Jul 31)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Bachelor's degree in economics from 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 3.0/4.33 (B grade).

Work Experience Eligibility:

  • The works experience is more useful for students opting for the course-based M.A program.
  • For the thesis-based M.A program, admission is offered based upon publications, participation in research projects, and academic awards.


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.

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • 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.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

Jul 31

Scores Required

88 / 120

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tuition fees$7220$7220
Health insurance$763$763
Book and supplies$1000$1000
Total fees$8983$8983

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 5,670
Food$ 3,075


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Ranked #126/ 501

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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 is an opportunity to participate 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. Students may work on campus without a work permit if they meet  the following requirements:

  • Valid study permit that includes a condition stating Student 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 student 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

    The career opportunities are:

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

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