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Economics (MA, PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Arts

Economics graduate students studying in classroom

Program Overview

Format: MA in International Economics and Finance (one-year, full-time or two-years, part-time)

PhD in Economics (full-time)

Degree Earned: Master of Arts or PhD

Designed with input from renowned Canadian economists and business leaders, this program features extensive opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors, program co-ordinators and fellow students. Combining rigorous analytical training with an empirical orientation, the MA program produces graduates who excel as researchers and managers at national and international organizations. PhD graduates become highly qualified economists with the analytical and empirical expertise required to succeed in the global economy.

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Diana Yang, PhD candidate

At a Glance


  • Completion of an honours bachelor’s degree in economics or a related discipline
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B)
  • Resumé
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue master’s level graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest


  • Completion of a master’s degree in economics or a related discipline
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+)
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of academic recommendation at MA or equivalent level
  • Statement of interest

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

More information on how to apply.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Theory
  • Asset Pricing
  • Decision Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic History
  • Economics Inequality
  • Empirical Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Game Theory
  • Housing and Land
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Finance
  • International Institutions
  • International Migration
  • International Monetary Economics
  • International Trade
  • Labour
  • Labour Economics
  • Macro-Monetary Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Theoretical Econometrics
  • Economics Help Centre
  • Yearly membership with TABE

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Haomiao Yu
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Research areas: microeconomics, mathematical economics, game theory and applications
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4799

Karen Fajardo
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7856
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“The Ryerson Economics PhD program was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. The education I received provided me with a sound foundation to continue learning throughout my career. The faculty members in the Department truly care about their students professionally and personally. I am proud to be a graduate."

Chuyi Fang, PhD alumna, currently an assistant professor at Shanghai University

Student Profile

Angélique Bernabé (economics PhD student and founding member of GRADShowcase) uses her graduate education to help homeless youth in Toronto.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Economics (MA, PhD).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.