Academic Advising

Undergraduate Advising

Timetable information can be viewed online on the Registrar's Office page.

Students who intend to major in Economics should include ECON 1100 and ECON 1110 in the first year, since these are prerequisites for all other Economics courses. In selecting other first-year courses, students have a great deal of flexibility. However, in selecting courses you should make sure they are consistent with the requirements of the program in which you are registered.

In selecting courses, students in the General program should also consider the requirements of the Honours programs since, after the second year, students frequently decide that they would like to pursue an Honours degree. If you initially select courses without concern for the Honours requirements, switching in later years may lengthen the time required to complete the program.

  • For the General program, the most appropriate options would be Math (see note below), Political Science, Business Administration, Psychology and other Social Sciences, English (expository writing) and Languages.
  • In the Honours programs, some of the non-economic courses are specified. The remaining options would also most appropriately fall in the areas previously mentioned, subject to your personal interests.

ECON 2210, ECON 2220, ECON 2310, ECON 2320, ECON 2110 and ECON 2120 should be taken in the second year. You should not delay taking these until Summer or Intersession, since there is no guarantee they will be offered. Also, all third-year courses are not offered in each semester (or year) so do not delay taking a course you may want or need.

Statistics Requirement

In both the General and Honours programs, statistics is required.

  • It might be advantageous for someone with a good math background to substitute the appropriate statistics courses offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (65-250 and 65-251).
  • The use of any other statistics courses requires the approval of the Department of Economics. If such approval is given, then two additional Economics courses at the 3000 or 4000 level would be required.


In the first and second year economic courses, some elementary algebra is required. In this case, the mathematics provides additional structure that is difficult to convey in a picture.

  • Those considering the possibility of doing graduate work should take as much math as possible.
  • The Department recommends that you take MATH 1720, MATH 1730 and MATH 1250 Students interested in additional math courses should consult with a faculty member about which courses are best suited to meet your objectives.

The Undergraduate Advisor is Dr. Jay Rhee. Please email him at .

Graduate Advising - MA Program

The minimum acceptable grade in all M1 and M2 courses is 70%. If a graduate student's overall CGPA falls below 70%, they will normally be required to withdraw from the program for a minimum of one year.

Timetable information can be viewed online on the Registrar's Office page.

M1 Required Courses (8)

Fall term

  • Introduction to Econometric Methods I ECON-3130
  • Mathematical Economics ECON-4060
  • Advanced Microeconomics I ECON-4230
  • Advanced Macroeconomics I ECON-4330

Winter term

  • Senior Research Workshop ECON-4070
  • Introduction to Econometric Methods II ECON-4140
  • Advanced Microeconomics II ECON-4240
  • Advanced Macroeconomics II ECON-4340

M2 Required Courses (8)

Fall term

  • Microeconomic Theory I ECON-8010
  • Macroeconomic Theory I ECON-8020
  • Econometric Theory I ECON-8410
  • an addidtional Economics graduate level course

Winter term

  • Microeconomic Theory II ECON-8010
  • Macroeconomic Theory II ECON-8020
  • an additional Economics graduate level course
  • an additional Economics graduate level course OR Major Research Paper ECON-8960

The Major Research Paper is a scholarly essay/research project that shows evidence of critical analysis and understanding on a topic approved by the student’s supervisor and acknowledged by the program area.

Students may wish to complete a Major Research Paper (ECON-8960) as one of the 8 courses in the M2 year.  Interested students must first secure an advisor for their paper.  Once an advisor is confirmed, students may register in ECON-8960 and select a second reader.

Upon completion of the Major Research Paper the student will deliver a public oral presentation and defense.  Following defense, the Major Research Paper will be deposited in the Faculty Graduate studies prior to Convocation.


M1 Year Completion:

Successful Completion of M1 Courses: In order to progress to the M2 year, it is imperative that you successfully complete all eight M1 courses. 
Credit Recommendation for Grades: Please note that you can only be recommended for credit for a maximum of two grades falling within the range of 60% to 70%.
Maintenance of CGPA: To remain in good standing within the program, it is essential to maintain a CGPA of at least 70%.  

Students who meet these requirements will progress to the M2 year.  They will receive a new offer of admission letter indicating the M2 Masters Candidate program and the applicable start term.

M2 Year Completion:

Successful Completion of M2 Courses: You must successfully complete eight M2 courses to graduate. One of the courses can be your major paper.
Credit Recommendation for Grades: Please note that you can only be recommended for credit for a maximum of two grades falling within the range of 60% to 70%.
Maintenance of CGPA: To remain in good standing within the program, it is essential to maintain a CGPA of at least 70%.

Students who meet these requirements may apply to graduate from the M.A. in Economics program.

The Graduate Director is Dr. Dingding Li. Please email her at .

Graduate Advising - MAEP Program

The MAEP Program Director is Dr. Nurlan Turdaliev. Please email him at .