Economics and Financial Management (BA)

From the decisions made as individuals and families to the decisions made by governments and firms, combing economics and finance gives you the training to understand the complexities of personal and corporate finance, and use those to help people, businesses and governments make better financial decisions. Learn how the Bank of Canada's interest rate decisions affect bond and stock prices. Discover how exchange rates affect the riskiness of international supply chain choices. Study how government regulations help maintain financial stability - and how they can contribute to instability. Learn how you can create and estimate the best models for asset prices. Explore how people's psychological biases affect financial decision-making, and how governments can use them to help improve personal finances.

No matter how you look at it, Laurier's renowned business education in finance with the technical and policy skills you get from an economics degree, is a sound investment in your future career.

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 and Career Guide.


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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)    OUAC code: UDF

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
  • Entrepreneurship Option
  • International Policy Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option
  • Research Specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Introductory Calculus for Business and Social Science or Calculus I
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • 2.5 non-economics elective credits

Sample First-Year Electives

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

Sample Upper-Year Courses

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

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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.


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"If you’re thinking about Economics, do it. It’s amazing – the professors, Laurier – it changed my life going to Laurier. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!"
Sarah Hutton, current Economics student

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.

  • bank examiner/trust officer
  • business forecaster
  • economic developer
  • financial analyst
  • investment banking analyst
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • pricing analyst
  • securities trader

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.

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AACSB Accrediation

The Economics and Financial Management (BA) program is offered by the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – delivering on excellence and the highest standards for business schools in the world. 

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.

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"If you have the opportunity to learn in your co-op roles it will set you up for more job opportunities, but the education alone is enough for you to feel prepared going out to the work force.”
Enrique Orellana, current Economics student

Interested in More Info?

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