Economics (BA)

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics provides a combination of sound mathematics, strong statistical analysis, and the ability to effectively convey these findings. The Economics program empowers you by offering a flexible education. The program can be completed full-time, part-time, combined with virtually any other major within the university, and allows you to take any business (BU) class you’re interested in. Learn more about Economics at Laurier.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Economics program:

Check out the Economics Experience Guide.


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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UD
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: mid 80s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: high 80s.
  • English at 70%.
  • Advanced Functions at 70%.
  • One of Calculus and Vectors or Data Management at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average, including English.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways
To be considered for admission to part-time or full-time studies in the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics program, college transfer students must have an overall average of 80% in their college program.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

Be the One in the Boardroom with Quantitative Answers

We believe a successful Economics program provides a combination of sound mathematics, strong statistical analysis and the ability to powerfully convey these findings. Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics provides rigorous training that will give you both theoretical and empirical methods to understand, interpret and communicate the key issues in today’s society.

Laurier’s Economics department is uniquely positioned within our Lazaridis School of Business and Economics to provide you with three options to complete your degree in Economics, Economics and Accounting or Economics and Financial Management. The end result is a career-ready Economics graduate with the tools and skills to make a huge impact in the workforce.

At the micro level, you’ll be looking at individual businesses and homes. At the macro level, you’ll be evaluating entire economics and industries where you’ll learn about, interpret and explore challenges facing society, such as scarcity of resources, inflation and unemployment.
Be prepared for graduate studies or a successful career in economics, business, law, public administration and other industries.

This degree is flexible, so you can combine Economics with another field of study and/or complete the Research Specialization to advance your academic study, take part in real business research and develop your analytical skills.

Calling all Future Accountants!

You can gain a career advantage through our CPA-accredited Economics and Accounting program. Develop your understanding of business and government issues in a data-driven economy.

Live and Learn

As an Economics student, you can take part in our business degree co-op program – the largest in the country – where you can explore different career options and develop skills for your future during three work terms. Economics-specific co-op positions are available that will lead directly to the career you want.

Notable Alumni

The Economics program has been the foundation for many successful alumni worldwide. Here are just a few of our most successful graduates:

  • David Chilton (BA '85), author, The Wealthy Barber
  • Peter Ansley (BA '66), president, CTC Associate Store
  • Bob Schlegel (BA '72), founder and CEO, Pavestone Company (1980-2012) and Bedrock Freight Logistics (2003)
  • Alex Mustakas (BA '83), artistic director and CEO, Drayton Entertainment
  • Craig Wright (BA '85), senior VP and chief economist, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
  • Carolyn Wilkins (BA '87), senior deputy governor, Bank of Canada

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Social Research Option
  • Combined honours BA degree with another discipline
  • Entrepreneurship Option
  • International Policy Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option
  • Research Specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introductory to Calculus and Social Sciences or Calculus I
  • 3.5 non-economics elective credits

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Evil and Its Symbols
  • Environment, Sustainability and Society
  • Pirates! A World History

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Economics of Inequality
  • Economics of the Canadian Banking and Financial System
  • Industrial Organization


Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete three work terms of four months’ duration, between second and fourth year, enabling you to obtain 12 months of full-time work experience.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"The soft skills I was able to learn through the small classroom environments, even in just first year, put me at an incredible advantage in comparison to others. I have been trained to think on my feet, be motivated, be knowledgeable in what I do, and, most importantly, be professional."

Merna Riad, Lazaridis School Alumna, manager of strategic partnerships at Maple

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • accountant/auditor
  • actuary
  • bank examiner/trust officer
  • business forecaster
  • commodity/industry analyst
  • financial analyst
  • insurance agent/broker
  • insurance underwriter

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.