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In our graduate programs, you will develop a strong understanding of economic theory, essential econometric tools of analysis and the research skills to apply this training to issues relevant within the public and private sectors.

We offer training in the areas of public policy, labour economics, macro-economics, monetary economics, econometrics, natural resources, environmental and health economics.

We offer a well-established MA degree within an intimate and collegial learning environment. Reflecting a strong tradition at Waterloo, the MA may be pursued as either a regular or co-op program. We are one of the very few economics departments in North America that offers a co-op program at the graduate level and many of our students have been fortunate to have their co-op positions translate into permanent jobs. We have particularly strong ties with many departments in the Governments of Ontario and Canada.

Our MA program is also an ideal foundation for students with ambitions of pursuing a doctoral degree. Recent graduates have gone on to highly ranked PhD programs in Canada and the United States.

The PhD program has been crafted to prepare students for careers in economic analysis in the public and private sectors, as well as academic careers. We offer a strong foundation in economic theory and econometrics and a variety of fields where these tools can be applied. We believe in an ‘open-door’ atmosphere, which is intended to engage and stimulate graduate students in their chosen paths of research.

Visit our faculty web page to see our professors' areas of specialization and their publications.

Supporting grad student life

As a Waterloo graduate student, there are a wealth of resources and opportunities available to you that support your academic, personal and social life. Check them out and take note!

Graduate studies calendar

All master’s and doctoral students should know about the Waterloo graduate studies academic calendar that gives important program information, policies, procedures and guidelines. The grad studies calendar is maintained by the central Graduate Studies Office (GSO), located in Needles Hall.

Economics research resources

You may access the Southwestern Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC), one the few data centres that provides access to Statistics Canada data sets in master file form. SWORDC is conveniently housed in the PAS building adjacent to economics in Hagey Hall.