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Study the story behind the numbers. Research in the Department of Economics addresses vital issues like poverty, climate change and fluctuating housing markets. Learn specialized analytical methods and powerful quantitative tools. Enhance your learning with hands-on experience through cooperative education. Both our MA and PhD economics degrees provide training in economic theory and econometrics and engage students in a supervised research project.

Degree programs offered

The economics MA program is designed to give you a foundation in economic theory and econometrics. You’ll supplement this education by taking electives with an applied focus. Choose between  the thesis or extended essay program option.

The 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
Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA (without co-op) 12-16 months Yes No
MA (with co-op) 2 years Yes No
PhD 5 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

Economic theory and econometrics applied to policy issues in:

  • Environmental and resources economics
  • Labour economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Development and growth
  • Economics of Indigenous peoples
  • Finance

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor.

MA applicants do not need to find a supervisor during the application process. They will select a supervisor during the first year of their program.

PhD applicants must indicate supervisor preferences in their application. Please do not contact prospective supervisors at this time. Faculty members cannot agree to supervise a student until the student’s complete application is received.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by February 1 for September entry.

All applicants should remember to give additional time for tests like the GRE or English language proficiency tests.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

If you do not hold a degree from a recognized North American post-secondary institution, you must submit GRE scores in your application.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate program assistant or 250-472-4409.

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