The Department offers, jointly with its counterpart at the University of Ottawa, a doctoral program (formally, the Ottawa-Carleton Joint Doctoral Program in Economics) leading to a Ph.D. in economics. This program provides students with the highest level of training as well as the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research. Our graduates go on to successful careers in academia and the public and private sectors. While holders of master’s degrees in economics are viewed generally as being bona fide professional economists, doctoral-level training is viewed more and more commonly as a necessary qualification for doing high-level economic analysis.
The initial phase of the doctoral program is normally completed in two years of full-time study and comprises rigorous training in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and one of eight elective fields of specialization, as well as courses in econometrics and a second elective field of specialization. Once completed, this intensive preparation provides a solid foundation for carrying out research towards the writing of a thesis over the following two to three years.
The Department offers strong students competitive funding packages comprising a mixture of teaching assistantships, tuition scholarships, and other types of scholarships.