Economics (GrDip)

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Why pursue a Graduate Diploma in Economics?

Economists recognize that in order to guide today’s policy makers and business leaders, an advanced knowledge of economic applications and policies is required. Now more than ever, we need critical minds with a broad foundation in the field of economics to study the trade-offs between growth and pollution, public and private medical services, and many other pressing issues that affect our daily lives. 

The Graduate Diploma in Economics provides an academically rich learning environment where you will develop a basic understanding of macroeconomic, microeconomic, and econometric theories and methods. Course materials and resources are designed for students who want to pursue their studies at more advanced academic levels and for working professionals interested in economics as a secondary field.

In addition to numerous theoretical and applied research interests in economics, our professors are engaged in various multidisciplinary projects, contributing to publications in statistics, sociology, and medical research, as well as in government policy reports and media opinion pieces.

Program details

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or the equivalent. In addition, they must have earned sufficient credits in economics and basic statistical and mathematical methods to cope with graduate level courses in economics. In exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director, an applicant who has not yet satisfied this Arts and Science prerequisite may be admitted, providing that the missing courses are included in the student's program in addition to the normal course requirements for the diploma. The grading scheme for diploma courses will be the scheme applicable to graduate courses (i.e., the passing grade is B-).

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

  1. Credits. Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits. No more than 12 credits can be earned as pro-tanto credit for previous work.
  2. Courses. Credit courses for the diploma program are listed below. Up to 6 credits may be earned in the category of cognate courses (see Class C). Each student's program of study must be approved by the Graduate Program Director. 
  • Application form and Fee
  • your goals for enrolling in the program
  • what makes you a good candidate for the program
  • your expectations from your studies in the program and
  • what you plan to achieve in the program.
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.

Winter: Late applications will be considered until August 1.


ECON 501 and ECON 503 are compulsory core courses for all students. A minimum of six credits must be taken from Class B. The remaining credits may be selected from Class A and/or Class B and/or Class C with no more than six credits taken from Class C.

Class A Courses (3 credits each) The 500-level courses have a 3-credit value and are cross-listed with the undergraduate 400-level courses.

ECON 501 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory ECON 503 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory ECON 509 - History of Economic Thought I ECON 510 - History of Economic Thought II ECON 513 - Economic Growth and Fluctuations ECON 514 - Economic Development: Policy Analysis ECON 521 - Econometrics I ECON 532 - Monetary Theory ECON 537 - Economics of Public Expenditure ECON 542 - International Economics: Trade Theory ECON 543 - International Economics: Finance ECON 550 - Economic History ECON 563 - Economics of Regulation ECON 564 - Game Theory, Information, and Economic Modelling ECON 565 - The Economics of Professional Sport ECON 581 - Labour Economics ECON 583 - Employment, Earnings and Labour Market Policies ECON 585 - Health Economics ECON 596 - Natural Resource Economics ECON 597 - Income Distribution and Economic Inequality ECON 598 - Advanced Topics in Economics ECON 599 - Advanced Topics in Economics

Class B Courses (3 credits each) All 600-level courses offered in the Department of Economics.

Class C Courses (3 credits each) All master-level courses offered in the John Molson School of Business.

Members of our research-active faculty are affiliated with the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Économie Quantitative (CIREQ) and the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). They have received high honours from the Canada Research Chairs Program, and been awarded the Mongolian Government’s Science Leader Award and the prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship in Research.

Faculty research interests include:

Examples of employers where our alumni currently work include:

  • Best Buy Canada

Important information about admissions

Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs. All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.

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