Current PhD Students
- PhD Program
- PhD Supervisions
- Completed PhD Dissertations
- Co-operative (Co-op) Education
- Tuition & Fees
- Financial Support
- Leaves of Absence
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the following information, students are urged to consult the latest Graduate Academic Calendar, or contact the Graduate Advisor in the Department of Economics.
For details of the Doctorate program see Programs > PhD Program
Candidacy for PhD students in the Department of Economics is satisfied by successfully completing:
- two written comprehensive examinations, selected from the topics of microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and econometrics; and
- an oral examination on your dissertation proposal
- Faculty of Graduate Studies and Department of Economics candidacy examination requirements
- Syllabus for comprehensive exams
Once you've completed the written portion of your dissertation and each supervisory committee member has read and agreed that it is examinable, you must complete an oral examination. Detailed Department procedures can be found on the following pages:
The University Senate grants degrees in Fall (November) and Spring (June) each year. The formal conferral of degrees takes place at the convocation ceremony. Graduates become members of the Convocation of the University as soon as their degrees are granted by the Senate, which generally occurs several weeks before the convocation ceremony. Students who require proof of degree completion prior to convocation can obtain a letter from the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.
Each candidate for a degree must complete a formal application for graduation. The deadlines to submit completed applications are:
- July 1 for Fall (November) graduation, and
- December 1 for Spring (June) graduation.
The Application for Graduation forms are available through the Graduate Admissions and Records Office or online. A graduation fee is assessed at the time of application, and is payable by the end of the month in which application is made.
The deadlines for completing all requirements for the degree are the final business day in August for Fall graduation, and the final business day in April for Spring graduation. Details are available on the web site of the Faculty of Graduate Studies .
Students can be considered for awarding of a degree only when all of the following requirements have been satisfied:
- For master's thesis candidates, submission of the final copy of the thesis. Regulations governing the proper submission are set out on the faculty website at <www.uvic.ca/graduatestudies/resourcesfor/students/thesis/index.php>. Only the latest version of these instructions is valid. Normally, a copy of all approved theses will be published and held in the University's collection.
- Submission of the Letter of Recommendation for the program from the academic unit to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. This letter states that all academic requirements have been completed.
- Payment of all outstanding fees. Those who have outstanding accounts will not receive a diploma or be issued any transcripts. Students should especially be aware of the minimum program fee for graduate degrees. All students should check their fee status at the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.
Ms. Barb Fisher
Office: BEC 320
Phone: (250) 721-8969
Full-Time Student Status
Full-Time studies means enrolled in courses totalling a minimum of 3 units or enrolled in Candidacy (ECON 693), Dissertation (ECON 699), Thesis (ECON 599), Extended Essay (ECON 598) or a co-operative education work term (ECON 800+).
Continuity of Registration
All students admitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies MUST be registered in full time studies, every academic term in order to maintain continuity of registration as well as in order to be eligible for funding and/or a Teaching Assistant (TA) position if applicable. Please take action on one of the following options every term from the time of admission until the requirements of the degree have been met:
- Register for credit
- Register for a Personal Leave of Absence
- Register for a Parental, Compassionate or Medical leave of absence
- Register for a Co-op work term (contact the Social Science co-op office: 250-721-8689 or email@example.com)
- Formally withdraw from the program.
Students who do not take action on one of the above options are considered to have abandoned their program. Your program will be terminated and you will be withdrawn from the university. The notation “Withdrawn Without Permission” will be entered on your transcript.
- If you are registering for ECON 598, 599 or 699 and you’ll be off campus (i.e. out of Victoria), you can register in section "A02" in order to not be charged ancillary fees. In addition, if any of your personal information (i.e. mailing address, email or phone number) changes, please update this via MyPage.
- Ensure that you have paid your fees from the previous term. If you have not, you will not be able to register for the ensuing term and your financial support (if applicable) will either be pulled or will be delivered to you at a later date.
The PhD degree program consists of a minimum of 7.5 full fee installments. An installment plus ancillary fees are assessed for each term in which a student is registered full-time. If students require additional time to complete their degrees further fees are assessed.
For fee regulations and a current tuition fee breakdown, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar.
- See Employment for Teaching Assistant (TA) information/current TA postings
- See the Financial Aid & Funding page on the FGS website to find out about further opportunities to help fund your graduate education
When will I receive my funds?
Teaching Assistantship funds are disbursed on the 15th and last day of each month in which you are appointed as a TA.
Academic Income Supplements (AIS) are paid at the start of each term usually in time to pay fees. AIS funds are matched against TA positions so in order to receive these funds (if awarded) students must have a TA position of equivalent value (or other academic employment from the University).
Donor & Merit Award funds are disbursed in two equal payments, one usually in early November, the other usually in January.
UVic Graduate Awards & Fellowships are paid in 12 monthly installments on the 1st of the month.
There are three types of leaves of absences:
- Personal Leave
- Parental Leave
- Medical Leave
- Compassionate Leave
- Inform their supervisor(s) in writing in advance of the planned absence
- Make appropriate arrangments for care of ongoing research projects if necessary before initiating the leave
- Register for the personal leave using the UVic portal system.
Personal Leave policies as per the Graduate Academic Calendar:
- Tuition fees are not assessed during leaves.
- While on leave, all supervisory processes are suspended. Students can neither undertake any academic or research work nor use any of the University’s facilities during the period of the leave.
- Leaves of absence are normally granted in 4-month blocks, to coincide with the usual registration terms. Short-term leaves of less than one term should be managed with the student’s academic unit.
- The time taken for personal leave will be counted toward the maximum time allotted to degree completion.
- PhD students can take up to a maximum of 6 personal leaves within the maximum 7-year period allowed to finish their degree.
The process for registering for a parental leave is not completed through the typical registration process, nor are some of the policies the same as a personal leave of absence. Please review the current Graduate Academic Calendar or contact the Graduate Secretary for assistance.
The process for registering for a medical leave is not completed through the typical registration process, nor are some of the policies the same as a personal leave of absence. Please review the current Graduate Academic Calendar or contact the Graduate Secretary for assistance.
The process for registering for a compassionate leave is not completed through the typical registration process, nor are some of the policies the same as a personal leave of absence. Please review the current Graduate Academic Calendar or contact the Graduate Secretary for assistance.
There are three types of withdrawals:
- Official Withdrawal
- Withdrawal Without Permission
- Withdrawal for Failing to Meet Academic Standards
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