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Studying Economics

McGill offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Economics (do not apply to a thesis and a non-thesis master's program within the same academic unit as two separate choices. Select only one program and you can request a change at a later date). Between 20 and 30 students per year register for the M.A. program, and ten or so for the Ph.D. program. M.A. students take courses in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, and quantitative methods, as well as optional courses drawn from several fields of study. M.A. students also do a research project or thesis. Most students are able to complete the M.A. in 12 months (September to August). Most graduates of the M.A. program work as economists in the public or private sector. Some continue to the Ph.D. program at McGill or elsewhere.

Students entering McGill as Ph.D. students normally do two years of coursework before taking their comprehensive examinations. Students entering from the McGill M.A. program should be ready to take their comprehensive exams within 12 months. Graduates of the Ph.D. program work in a variety of academic and non-academic positions. (See the "Alumni" section of the website for information about many of McGill's Ph.D. graduates.)

Open only to PhD level students: PhD students who have completed their first year of studies may take select courses at other Montreal universities.
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Students with a strong academic background but limited training in economics may be admitted as Qualifying Year ("QY") students. Upon successful completion of approved coursework (with minimum grades as described below) over the September-April academic year, these students enter the M.A. program in September. QY students must apply to the MA program.

All students must enroll on a full-time basis (taking at least 12 credits per term) from the start of the academic year in September. 

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