PhD degree requirements

PhD regular | PhD Water

Field of specialization

Our PhD program’s field of specialization is public economic policy, which includes health, resources, labour, and public finance. Please look at the list of current research activities and faculty by field of research for further information on research and supervisory expertise available in the department.

Degree requirements

The requirements for the PhD include:

  • Academic integrity milestone
  • Thirteen courses: eight core requirements (ECON 600, 601,602,621,701,702,721,and 722 or 723), and five electives, two of which are in a chosen area of concentration
    • An area of concentration consists of two non-core courses. With the permission of the associate chair, graduate studies, one of these courses may be from another department or a reading course designed by the supervisor/thesis committee.
  • Written comprehensive exams in micro and econometrics
  • Second Year PhD Paper (.doc)
  • Oral thesis prospectus (PDF)
  • Two seminar milestones
    • First seminar milestone - In both years 2 and 3, attend 50% of the department's seminars offered in the fall and winter terms, and write a short paragraph (3-4 sentences) explaining  about the presentation. Include the seminar date and the name of the presenter. This document will be attached to your Annual Performance Evaluations, in years 2 and 3.
    • Second seminar milestone - In both years 3 and 4, a presentation of student's own work at a department seminar.
  • Thesis defense

Sequencing through the PhD program

The following sequence represents the typical path through the PhD program.

Year one - Fall Year one - Winter
  • Academic Integrity Milestone
  • ECON 600-mathematics for economists
  • ECON 601-micro theory 1
  • ECON 621-econometrics 1
  • one or two electives
  • ECON 602-macro theory 1
  • ECON 701-micro theory 2
  • ECON 721-econometrics 2

Year one - spring term

  • Written comprehensive exams in micro and econometrics.

Exams will take place the first two Tuesdays in June. If needed, a second attempt will take place the first two Tuesdays in August.

  • Identify a supervisor/thesis committee and area of concentration

Students must inform the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies of their chosen area of concentration in August, after the completion of their written comprehensive exams. On the advice of their supervisor/thesis committee, they will then choose five courses that are consistent with their area of concentration. If they do not have a supervisor/thesis committee, their course selection must be approved by the department's Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.

Year two

  • ECON 702 - macro theory 2
  • ECON 722 applied micro econometrics 2 or ECON 723 applied macro econometrics 2
  • 5 additional ECON graduate courses (two courses must be in student's area of concentration)
  • Second Year Paper (choose a supervisor and begin work on paper)
  • First seminar credit - attend a minimum of 50% of the department's seminars offered in the fall and winter terms

Year three

  • Present Second Year Paper in a department seminar by October 15
  • Oral thesis prospectus exam (no later than August 31)
  • First seminar credit - attend a minimum of 50% of the department's seminars offered in the fall and winter terms
  • Second seminar credit - a presentation of student's own work at a department seminar

Year four

  • Second seminar credit - a presentation of student's own work at a department seminar
  • Thesis defense

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PhD-Water degree requirements

The program requires the satisfactory completion of the following:

  • Economics PhD degree requirements
  • 2 core Water program courses - WATER 601 and 602
  • Research Seminar 2
  • Academic Contribution
  • (WATER 601 or 602 can be counted as one of the five additional ECON electives required for the PhD degree.

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