The Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto was founded in 1888. From 1892 to 1924 it was called the Department of Political Science, though its Head was still called "Professor of Political Economy". It was formally renamed the Department of Political Economy in 1924. In 1982 it was split into the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science.
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Interim Chair: Martin J. OsborneAddress: 150 St. George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G7, Canada
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Undergraduate programsEconomics is by far the most popular discipline among undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Nearly seventy percent of all students take at least one course in economics during their undergraduate studies, and students earn more credits in economics courses than in courses in any other discipline. The Department of Economics offers a wide variety of programs to undergraduate students, ranging from the Economics Minor, Major and Specialist Programs to various joint Programs, including the very popular Specialist Program in Commerce and Finance, offered jointly with the Rotman School of Management.
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies: Gillian C. Hamilton.
Information about the programs is available on the undergraduate page.
Graduate programsThe Department offers a variety of M.A. and Ph.D. programs. In any year, a total of about fifty new M.A. students and fifteen new Ph.D. students are enrolled. Total graduate student enrollment is approximately one hundred and there are about fifty members in our graduate faculty. The size of our program allows us to offer a wide variety of courses and specializations. Our programs attract a cosmopolitian collection of students from across Canada and all parts of the globe.
Most graduate students in the Department are either in an eight month M.A. program based on course work only or a Ph.D. program with a three year residency requirement. The detailed requirements for the various graduate programs, along with admissions information are described on the graduate page.
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies: Ettore Damiano.