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Economics (PhD)

Research in our department addresses vital issues like poverty, climate change and fluctuating housing markets. Our PhD program will provide you with sound knowledge and an expanded range of theory and tools. Learn how to apply these tools to areas of policy importance.

Common areas of research for dissertations include: 

  • Econometrics
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Labour economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Development and growth
  • Financial economics
Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Doctorate
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Outcomes

Graduates with a PhD in Economics will be able to:

  • use applied and theoretical models to answer economic and policy questions
  • become an expert in one or two chosen fields within economics
  • synthesize existing knowledge and critically assess new economic ideas
  • communicate economics concepts and research results effectively
  • complete a PhD dissertation at a level to be published in top international academic journals
  • work in universities, research institutions, government or the private sector
  • teach economics at the undergraduate or graduate level

Find a supervisor

PhD students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission
  • include an email from your supervisor with your application

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Alok Kumar

Professor Monetary economics, macroeconomics, development economics

Chris Willmore

Associate teaching professor Engineering economics, economics of health care, economics history, industrial organization, labour economics

Christopher Auld

Associate professor Health economics, microeconometrics

Colette Salemi

Assistant professor development economics, environmental and natural resource economics

Daniel Rondeau

Professor Environmental and resource economics, microeconomics, experiential methods

David Scoones

Associate professor Applied microeconomics, microeconomic policy, conflict economics

Donn Feir

Associate professor Indigenous economics, applied microeconometrics and economic history

Elisabeth Gugl

Associate professor; associate chair Public economics, family economics, applied microeconomic theory

Emma Hutchinson

Assistant professor Environmental economics, law and economics, applied economics

Felix Pretis

Associate professor Econometrics, climate change, environmental economics

G. Cornelis van Kooten

Professor Agricultural and resource economics

Graham M. Voss

Professor Macroeconomics, international economics, monetary economics

Herbert Schuetze

Associate professor Labour economics

Jason Hicks

Limited Term Faculty Regulation, Labour Economics, Public Policy

Justin Wiltshire

Assistant professor Labour economics, urban/regional economics, applied microeconomics

Ke Xu

Associate professor Financial market microstructure theory and empirics, applied time series analysis, macroeconomics

Kenneth G. Stewart

Professor; acting undergraduate advisor Econometrics, macroeconomics

Lijun Zhang

Associate teaching professor Pedagogical research, research on international trade & multinational firms

Linda A. Welling

Associate professor Economics of the family, applied microeconomic theory, industrial organization

Marco Cozzi

Associate teaching professor Macroeconomics, empirical microeconomics, computational economics

Martin Farnham

Associate professor; graduate advisor Public finance, labour economics, urban economics

Nilanjana Roy

Associate professor Econometrics, development economics

Paola Beneras P.

Assistant teaching professor Applied microeconomics

Pascal Courty

Professor Industrial organization, personnel economics, behaviour economics

Paul Schure

Professor Financial economics, financial intermediation theory, industrial organization

Peter W. Kennedy

Professor Microeconomic theory

Rob Gillezeau

Assistant professor Economic history, labour economics

Stephen E. Hume

Associate teaching professor Economics writing

Tao Wang

Assistant professor Econometrics, nonparametric statistics, machine learning

Vasco Gabriel

Professor; chair Econometrics, applied macroeconomics, empirical finance

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Application deadlines

September – apply by February 1

All applicants should allow additional time for tests such as the GRE or English language proficiency.

September – apply by February 1

All applicants should allow additional time for tests such as the GRE or English language proficiency.

Admission requirements

Program specific requirements

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a statement of research interests that explains why you want to pursue a doctorate degree in economics and provides a detailed description of your research interests. You must also identify up to three faculty members from our department who share your research interests and may act as your supervisor
  • a writing sample in the form of one recent research paper
  • a current résumé
  • two reference names and their email addresses
  • post-secondary transcripts

If your undergraduate degree is from a university outside of Canada or the US, you’ll need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Submit your unofficial scores with your application.

Program specific requirements

As part of your application, you must submit:

  • a statement of research interests that explains why you want to pursue a doctorate degree in economics and provides a detailed description of your research interests. You must also identify up to three faculty members from our department who share your research interests and may act as your supervisor
  • a writing sample in the form of one recent research paper
  • a current résumé
  • two reference names and their email addresses
  • post-secondary transcripts

If your undergraduate degree is from a university outside of Canada or the US, you’ll need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Submit your unofficial scores with your application.

Completion requirements

View the minimum course requirements for this program.

View the minimum course requirements for this program.

Funding & aid

Tuition & fees

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Contact Isaac Earl at gradecon@uvic.ca or 250-472-4409.

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