Welcome to the Department of economics website. You will find here information on our outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs as well as our excellent academic and administrative staff. Please take some time to explore the contents and feel free to contact us to answer any questions that you may have.

This is an exciting time in our Department. Our longstanding undergraduate programs are in the process of being updated and renamed, leaving the Bachelor of Arts and emerging as the new Bachelor of Economics. While this change was approved by the university in May of this year, we will not admit new students into the program until September of 2017. This year will be a key transition period and every effort will be made to ensure that students already in the program have the option of either continuing with their current program (within the Bachelor of Arts degree) or switching into the new Bachelor of Economics degree. More information on this process will be on our website later this academic year.

Our new Bachelor of Economics is highly innovative, building on our established strengths in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics while also emphasizing professional skills such as writing for economics, how to present data and empirical findings effectively, and how to work in teams in a professional economics setting. Like our current undergraduate programs, this new program will impart skills that are both highly valued by employers (as demonstrated by the success of our graduates in the workplace) as well as forming a strong foundation for graduate studies either in economics or in other areas. We anticipate strong demand for the new degree which will have two basic versions, a Bachelor of Economics with Honours and a Bachelor of Economics (General).

Our high quality Master’s program and PhD program (joint with University of Ottawa) continue to admit very good students providing them with great training and professional experiences. Our extensive network with the federal government has led many of our Master’s students to be placed in different government departments (such as the Bank of Canada, Department of Finance and Statistics Canada) while our PhD students typically go on to high level positions in government and, in some cases, tenure track positions in Canadian and international universities.

Thank you for your interest. We hope to welcome you soon as students or visitors to the Department.

Best regards,

Christopher Worswick (PhD)
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics