PhD in Economics

a history of academic excellence


The University of Guelph’s PhD in Economics program will prepare you to become an independent and skilled researcher, in preparation for a career in academia, public or private sector. As a student in the program, you will benefit from learning and conducting your own research beside some of the world's most renowned economists and leaders in financial economic theory. Our faculty currently rank in the top 4% of the world for research output in economics, according to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The program's course offerings cover a broad range of topics in theoretical and applied economics. 

The Department of Economics and Finance has a faculty complement of 27, with teaching and research interests across the entire range of economic and financial analysis. PhD Candidates may write a dissertation in any of the areas of expertise of the graduate faculty in the department. For information on recent PhD thesis and job placements visit the Department of Economics and Finance website.


Program timeline

The PhD in Economics program consists of six core courses and six elective courses covering microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Core courses are followed by a comprehensive examination in economic theory. Students will then complete a qualifying research paper. The remainder of the program is devoted to the completion and defense of a full doctoral dissertation.

 


Meet our students

Graduates of the PhD in Economics program are well-regarded within academia. Many hold faculty positions at institutions across North America, including: University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Auburn University, Carleton University, Ryerson University, St. Mary’s University, University of Windsor.

Link to PhD Economics video

PhD Economics video

PhD Economics candidate Parisa Mahboubi and professor Thanasis Stengos talk about the program.

Video transcript (pdf)

 

Student profiles

 

 


Meet our faculty

Our faculty are some of the world's most cited and highly regarded researchers within economics and finance. We rank in the top 5% of the world for research output in economics, according to Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). 

Learn more about our faculty

Mike Hoy
Mike Hoy
Expertise: Microeconomics, welfare economics
Thanasis Stengos
Thanasis Stengos
Expertise: Econometrics
Ross McKitrick
Ross McKitrick
Expertise: Environmental and applied microeconomics

Full faculty and staff list for the Department of Economics and Finance.


Admission requirements

Applicants must have the following:

  • Master's degree in Economics
  • Minimum A- average (first class, or 80%)
  • Strong supporting letters of reference (2)
  • Proof of English proficiency

All domestic and international students that are offered admission into the program are also offered financial support for four years that should be sufficient to cover costs of tuition and living. The support package will take the form of graduate teaching and research assistantships; scholarships and fellowships; and possibly instructor opportunities.   

Note: Master's degrees from some countries are considered equivalent to undergraduate degrees in Canada. International students can check their credential evaluation online

The application deadline is February 1.


More information

Graduate calendar | Courses | Tuition | Department of Economics and Finance

 

Contact us

Thanasis Stengos
Graduate Coordinator
tstengos@uoguelph.ca 
(519) 824-4120 x53917