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Economics (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Economics?

As an economist, you will delve deeply into the world of numbers to provide analysis that will help propel your organization forward, whether you're working for Bombardier or the World Bank. Harnessing the power of statistics and mathematics to tackle economic problems such as interest and tax rates, budget deficits, and sustainable growth, you will be in a position to grapple with challenges that stand to have real-world stakes and impact.

As you acquire the expertise to use the tools of econometrics and economic theory, you may choose to focus on any aspect of economics or acquire a broad background in the discipline. You willl also have the option of completing a series of paid internships through the Co-op program, putting you in a position to be job-market ready upon graduation.  

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Honours in Economics (60 credits)
  • Specialization in Economics (60 credits)
  • Major in Economics (42 credits)
  • Minor in Economics (30 credits)
  • Minor in Analytical Economics (24 credits)


Courses

The program is built around core economic theory and econometric courses, including advanced courses for honours and specialization students and a wide range of electives that examine issues such as international policies, competition regulations, environmental challenges and financial analyses.


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives academically strong students a chance to complete paid work terms and gain practical experience in their field. Placements range from provincial and federal government departments to companies in insurance, banking and telecommunications. Co-op work terms make it possible for you to do:

  • Quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • Policy research
  • Econometric analyses and interpretation of survey data

Entry to the program requires an interview and a high level of academic performance.

For more information please contact Émilie Martel, Program Coordinator, Internships and Experiential Learning. 


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 23 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: B- (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 12 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 (Honours: 31)  

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

According to the Quebec Government’s 2017 Relance inventory, about 37% of Quebec’s BA in Economics graduates move on to graduate programs at leading universities. For students joining the workforce, our program opens up many career paths for you in public and private industries, including:

  • Financial analysis
  • Banking
  • Public sector policy analysis
  • Administration

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