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University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics)

Program Requirements

The PhD program consists of at least 36 units in coursework and a thesis.

Required courses (21 units):

Elective courses (15 units):

  • five 3-unit graduate-level Economics courses including at least two in each of two fields of interest.


  • Registration in 900-level THES.

Comprehensive Exams

Students are required to successfully write macroeconomic and microeconomic comprehensive exams following completion of the first year of the program. Unsuccessful students will be recommended to withdraw from the program or change to the MA program.

Candidacy Exam

Students are required to complete their ethics and professional development requirements prior to their candidacy exam. The candidacy exam must be completed by the end of the third year. In preparation for the candidacy exam the student will prepare a paper answering a set of questions related to the thesis topic and methodology. Evaluation of the feasibility of a thesis in Economics requires students to have completed sufficient preliminary analysis to demonstrate that the proposed thesis answers an interesting set of questions, the outlined methodology is sound, and the student has the skills and understanding required to undertake the research. The candidacy exam includes a presentation of a student’s research and questions from the examination committee.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is three academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the PhD will vary according to the individual candidate; however, a minimum of four years is normally required.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.