Economics MA

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Economics MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Master’s level Economics graduates are in very high demand in business, industry and governemnt, and this field of study is one which is much more exciting and fast moving than it may appear. Businesses use economic analysts to help them craft competitive business strategies. Public sector organisations need nearly as many skilled economists to administer development programs, develop better economic policies and regulate business and industry. 

    An MA in Economics from Waterloo University will give you the kind of high end economic and research skills you’ll need to thrive in your career. It will also let you develop the kind of narrowly focused specialty you’ll need to make a professional or academic, if you so choose. 

    You’ll study resource economics, labour economics, public finance and the unique ways economics interacts with fields like health care, sport and more. 

    You’ll also have access to a co-operative study program where you can graduate with real world, paid experience under your belt, which is always a huge employability boost. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 1-2 years of full time study.

    There are three separate pathways for an MA in Economics from UWaterloo – the basic Economics MA, the MA Co-op and the MA Water. 

    Basic MA Modules Include:

    • Applied Macroeconometrics 
    • Applied Microeconometrics 
    • Econometrics 1
    • Econometrics 2
    • Environmental economics
    • Innovation
    • Labour economics
    • Macro theory 1
    • Macroeconomics: Problems & Policies
    • Mathematics for Economists
    • Micro theory 1
    • Micro theory 2
    • Numerical methods
    • Program Evaluation & Public Policy
    • Research Methodology
    • Water Economics

    MA Co-op 

    This program differs in that students will spend their Year 1 Spring term and their Year 2 Fall term in a paid work placement. This 8 month work placement will be facilitated by the university’s Department of Co-operative Education.

    MA Water 

    This program is partially delivered by the Water Institute, which is among the top 10 research institutes in the world. It differs in that you must complete an Economics Research Paper and take several new modules. These include:

    • Research Seminar 1
    • Water 601
    • Water 602

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Waterloo’s BA program in Economics is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will participate in skills workshops and special events as well. Some modules may be delivered by the Water Institute, which specializes in both educational and water-based research. 

    All of Waterloo’s degree programs focus in ‘the three Es’, Education, Experience and Employment. They include extensive work based and co-operative education options which yield valuable hand-on experience and improve neatly any CV. 

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you well for nearly any career which requires an understanding of the way money flows through modern markets. Recent graduates for UWaterloo’s Economics program include Dr Chris Bennett, now a manager at Bates White Economic Consulting. Dr Bennett had previously Econometric Analysis on both the graduate and undergraduate levels at prestigious Vanderbilt University. He credits UWaterloo’s flexibility and teaching quality for much of his early success.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 1 year MA or 2 year MA Co-operative degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a baccalaureate level degree in economics or a very similar field. International qualifications are also accepted. 

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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