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Economics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) Burnaby, Canada
If you want to discover how Economics affects every aspect of our lives, from education to spending to careers, then you can become an economist. Study the forces that affect Canada and the world, from the price of gas to inequality in income.This program is offered by Simon Fraser University.
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Overview

What happened during the 2008 financial crisis and how can it be avoided in the future? Why are some countries poorer than others? Why is income inequality rising in Canada and around the world? Economics looks at human behaviour in a broad range of contexts, from how individuals or business make decisions to societal challenges, such as how to fight poverty or save the environment.

Economics is about understanding how decisions are made, providing a framework for issues like recessions, inflation and income inequality. You can choose from several different economics degrees and joint programs, leading to various career options or graduate study. 

The Economics program at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can be combined with Business and other areas of study. There is also a minor option. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Brand Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Development Officer
  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Economist
  • Economic/Community Development Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Broker

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Statistical Analysis of Economic Data
  • Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Introduction to Mathematical Economics 
  • Econometric Methods
  • Honours Seminar in Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You must meet the general requirements, including English and quantitative skills, and the program-specific requirements
  • If you're an international student, you'll find program requirements organized by country
  • Admission to SFU is competitive. In the past, the average for admission has ranged from 80% to 90%, depending on the program.  All students must write the English 12 provincial exam and meet BC high school graduation requirements
  • Official documents/transcripts

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills

Tuition Fee

  • International

    979 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 979 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    195 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 195 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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