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The strength of our programs is the quality of our faculty and of our research facilities. We have a strong research focus, winning awards and honours on the quality and impact of our research. Our teaching excellence has been recognized through teaching awards for high-quality classroom teaching and excellence in thesis supervision.

Alumni

We are proud of our many alumni from both our undergraduate and graduate programs. Economics alumni are a highly successful group of individuals working in a variety of different industries throughout the world.

Research

The Department includes faculty experts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, experimental, health, international, labour, monetary, population, and public economics. Much of their research is applied to policy issues and utilizes advanced quantitative techniques.

Undergraduate Programs

McMaster’s economics program is one of the best in Canada. Current faculty members are leading researchers in all major areas of economics and former economics undergraduates at Mac have gone on to outstanding careers in academics, law, finance, politics and industry.

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.

Feb 19, 2019

16 great social sciences books from 2018

2018 was a good year for books! Faculty members from across the Social Sciences wrote, edited and contributed chapters to a wide range of topics including a tale of fighting Hitler, an examination of the wage crisis in Australia, insights into international relations, women's political rights and thoughtful look at Russia through the lens of and Anthropologist . This reading week engage your mind with our list of some best social sciences books of 2018!

Feb 19, 2019

Social Sciences awarded close to half a million dollars in SSHRC funding

Ten researchers from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $478,661 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The funding is being awarded through Insight Development Grants.

Jan 30, 2019

The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Ontario's Future in Auto Manufacturing

McMaster Economics professors Jim Stanford, Harold Innis Industry Professor in Economics, and Greig Mordue, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy, were guests on last night's The Agenda with Steve Paikin debating Ontario's future in auto manufacturing.

Jan 24, 2019

Active baby boomers rewrite the retirement myth

Economics Professor, Michael Veall, was recently interviewed for a piece on how retired baby boomers are changing the job market and economy.

Jan 22, 2019

The Department of Economics introduces direct-entry program

Economics I and Health and Society I features direct-entry from high school starting in September 2019.

Jan 14, 2019

Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelors of Arts in Economics

The BA in Honours Economics program is a four-level program that offers the challenge of more advanced work in economics.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics: Specialist Option

Honours BA Specialist Option stream provides the same, solid grounding in Economics as the Honours BA stream, with a minimal but highly specific differentiation. The Specialist Option requires an additional econometrics course that is necessary preparation for econometrics courses to be taken in MA in Economics programs.

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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Economics and Another Subject

Economics can be combined with programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics and Computer Science

This program provides the students with a solid foundation in computer science and exposure to the field of economics thereby opening up major opportunities for economist with a programming background.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Economics and Mathematics

For the motivated student, the honours economics and mathematics program gives the benefits of two cultures and two distinct modes of thought: an important aspect in developing critical thinking and in today's job market.

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B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The BA in Economics program is a 3-year program designed to provide a general education, with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to understand the economy. Although it is not intended to prepare students for specific careers, the degree continues to be attractive to a wide range of employers.

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Minor Minor in Economics

Students enrolled in a four- or five-level program in another subject may pursue a minor in economics.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Economics

The Masters of Arts in Economics (MA) is a one-year program that provides a thorough grounding in modern economics, blending both theoretical and empirical methods. Graduates of the program normally pursue one of two career tracks. One track is immediate placement in a position as an economic analyst. Graduates regularly take up positions in a variety of public- and private-sector organizations. A second track is advanced study of economics, usually at the PhD level.

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M.A. Masters in Economic Policy

The Masters of Economic Policy (MAEP) is a one-year program that provides a thorough grounding in modern economics, blending both theoretical and empirical methods.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics

The PhD program in economics prepares students to become professional, independent economic researchers applying state-of-the-art methods to analyze economic phenomena.

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