STG, Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

STG JD / Eco PhD: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP): STG, Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy allows a student to complete all the requirements for the Juris Doctor (JD) program and all the requirements for the PhD program (except a dissertation) in four years rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently. In Years 5 and 6, students will complete a dissertation.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4.3.


Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics Program
Department of Economics

STG JD / Eco PhD: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the Juris Doctor (JD) program, the Economics PhD program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants are considered for the CDP after they have secured independent admission to the JD and PhD programs.

  • Applicants admitted to both the JD and PhD must inform both programs of their status and request admission to the CDP.

    • Applicants may also be considered for the CDP while they are in Year 1 of the JD program. Interested students should contact the Faculty of Law about this before applying to the CDP.

STG JD / Eco PhD: Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the JD program, the School of Graduate Studies, and the PhD program.

Academic Path to Completion

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.

Year Progression Specific Requirements*
  • Year 1 JD program requirements.
  • Complete all Year 1 courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.
  • PhD program requirements.
  • Students normally complete ECO2010H Mathematics and Statistics for PhD Students (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]; Credit/No Credit) plus 3.0 FCEs as follows: ECO2200H and ECO2201H, macroeconomics (ECO2100H and ECO2101H), and econometrics (ECO2400H and ECO2401H).

  • Complete theory comprehensive exams.
  • PhD and JD program requirements.
  • Complete an additional 3.0 FCEs in economics courses including the required courses for a major field and minor field of specialization.

  • May be required to complete a field comprehensive exam in the major field of specialization.

  • Complete 0.5 FCE in law and economics.

  • Participate in the full-year continuous course ECO4060Y Graduate Research Seminar (Credit/No Credit).

  • Complete the Year 2 economics paper.

  • Complete 14 to 16 JD credit hours.
  • JD program requirements.
  • Complete 28 to 32 JD credit hours including the extended paper requirement in law.
5 and 6
  • PhD program requirements.
  • Complete a PhD dissertation.

  • It is expected, but not required, that a student's dissertation committee will include a member of the Faculty of Law.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years