Hear about the MA Program from Professor Maya Papineau-Koritar:

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Master’s Offerings

The Department offers a master’s program leading to an M.A. in Economics. This program prepares students for positions in both the public and private sectors and for further academic training.

How long is the program?

The program is typically completed in eight to twelve months and contains rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and econometrics, as well as elective courses in a wide range of applied fields. Students can also pursue a concentration in financial economics or a collaborative specialization in data science or African studies.


Admission to the Collaborative Specialization in Data Science is at present available only to current Carleton students who are registered in one of the participating master’s programs of which the M.A. in Economics is one.

Professional and Academic Development

Recent graduates of our master’s program have accepted positions at a number of different government agencies—including the Bank of Canada, Finance Canada, Industry Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada), and the Competition Bureau—and at various private firms—including Nesbitt Burns and Infometrica—or have continued on to doctoral programs—including those at the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, and Ottawa-Carleton.

Aggregate data on the career paths of many of our graduates can be found on the “Career Paths of FPA Master’s Grads” page of the Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) Web site.

Successful applicants to our master’s program may be offered a teaching assistantship worth $12,085 and/or scholarships of between $2,000 and $10,000.

MA Program handbook: 2023-2024 MA Handbook

Checklist for registration in MA elective courses at UOttawa

Specializations: African Studies, Climate Change, Data Science

Concentrations: Financial Economics

FAQ: Prospective students
General graduate queries: Renée Lortie, Graduate Administrator
In-Program M.A. advising: Professor Christopher Worswick, M.A. Supervisor