The Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Economic Policy is designed to expose anyone with an undergraduate degree and at least some formal training in undergraduate economics to a wide range of issues related to the formulation of economic policy. A variety of topics such as new and emerging policy insights, frameworks, and evidence informing economic policy design will be covered. It targets non-economists working on economic policy in government, central banks and other organizations, as well as people who already have an undergraduate degree in economics wishing to take courses that are at the forefront of current economic policy debates.

Program start date: Fall 2021

Application process now open

The Type 2 GDip will allow students enrolled in another graduate program (PhD or Master’s) to earn a GDip in Economic Policy along with their own degree. The Type 3 (direct entry) GDip will lead to a stand-alone credential in economic policy for professional or academic purposes.

Experiential learning is a key part of this program through the implementation of applied research projects in the core course (Economic Analysis of Public Policy).

This is intended to be a part-time program, with the expectation that most students will enroll in winter and complete the Grad Diploma by the end of summer, although students can enter in any term.

Program Requirements

Winter Term

Summer Term

Fall Term

Type 2 Full-time
  • ECON 5060
  • GDip elective
    or approved elective
  • GDip elective
    or approved elective
  • GDip elective
    or approved elective
GDip elective
or approved elective (if required)
Type 3 Part-time
  • ECON 5060
  • GDip elective
  • GDip elective
  • GDip elective
GDip elective (if required)

Graduate Diploma in Economics Policy (2.0 credits)

Required course – 0.5 credit in: 

ECON 5060 [0.5] Economic Analysis of Public Policy

Elective courses- 1.5 credits from:

ECON 5061 [0.5] Central Banking: Theory, Practice, and Recent Challenges

ECON 5062 [0.5] Fiscal Policy in Canada: Practice and Challenges

ECON 5063 [0.5] Innovation Policy and Economic Growth

ECON 5064 [0.5] Economic Policy Formulation and Evaluation

ECON 5065 [0.5] Selected Topics in Economic Policy

Total Credits:

Students can take up to 1.0 credits of other elective courses related to economic policy offered outside the Department of Economics, with approval of the MA Supervisor.

Departmental Contact Information:

Najia Haneefi

Graduate.economics@carleton.ca