The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • The program, if taken full-time, should be completed within two years of initial registration.
  • Program type 
    • Master's
    • Professional
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Business, Commerce, Economics, Geography, Planning or a related field, with at least a 75% standing or other Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) plus two years of work experience in the economic development field.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
      • From each previous post-secondary institution.
    • Writing sample
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      1 academic and 1 professional, or 2 academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Master's Research Paper option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Core courses:
      • LED 613 Regional Development Principles and Practice
      • LED 685 Theory of Local Economic Development
      • LED 686 Practice of Local Economic Development
      • LED 687 Communication, Market Research and Marketing for the Public Sector
    • Thematic courses: students must complete 1 of the following courses:
      • LED 611 Industrial Location Theory and Concepts
      • LED 615 Community Economic Development
      • LED 688 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
      • INDEV 602 International Development: Theories and Practice
    • Methods course:
      • LED 619 Regional Planning Economic and Investment Analysis
    • Elective courses: students must complete 2 elective courses which must be approved by the Program Director. While there are no official specializations, students are encouraged to choose thematic courses and electives that develop their personal interests and expertise. There are further opportunities to develop specialized expertise within course assignments and the Master’s Research Paper.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Graduate Studies Internship
    • Students with fewer than two full years’ experience in the business or community economic development field are required to complete a four-month period of relevant professional experience (internship) to the satisfaction of a designated employer and the advisory committee.
  • Master’s Research Paper