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Prospective students

Undergraduate studies

Are you passionate about important policy issues like climate change, immigration and healthcare? Do you want to gain the skills necessary to advise business leaders and politicians?

Our professors bring theory to life and offer hands-on learning opportunities using case studies and data. They explore local and international topics like:

  • poverty and economic development
  • climate change and environmental policies
  • competition and regulatory policies
  • housing
  • financial markets and crises
  • agriculture and resource development
  • health care
  • education
  • labour markets
  • immigration

At UVic, you’re more than just a number. We have smaller class sizes than many other universities. You’ll feel a sense of community and create real relationships with your professors and classmates. Learn more about studying at UVic.

Programs & courses

We offer a BA and BSc program as well as general interest courses for students in other disciplines. We also offer a joint program in financial mathematics and economics with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Our honours program gives top students opportunities to work closely with faculty on independent research projects.

Graduate studies

MA program

Our master’s program provides a rigorous foundation in economic theory and econometrics, supplemented by electives with an applied focus. We offer two master’s degree options: thesis-based and extended essay-based.

Our MA program will prepare you for doctoral studies and academic careers in economics. It’s ideal for professional research and analysis careers in public and private sectors.

  • one-on-one supervision in your area of research interest
  • explore any subfield of economics including environmental, resource and climate change, labour economics, economics of Indigenous people, development economics, finance and applied econometrics  
  • paid employment experience in government and industry with co-op
  • flexible program can be completed in a minimum of 12 months (without co-op)
  • financial assistance assessed automatically for each applicant

PhD program

Our PhD program will give you a sound knowledge of an expanded range of theory and tools. It provides a consistent emphasis on the application of these tools to areas of policy importance.

The program combines strong training in core economic theory and econometrics with electives in modern areas of applied economics. The co-operative education option is also available.

Graduates of the program are prepared to compete effectively for research positions in the public and private sectors, or to pursue academic careers.