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Experience Makes a Difference

Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

Welcome to Humans of Econ!

Humans of Econ highlights current and past and students and faculty members from the Department of Economics. Individuals are showcased for academic, professional and social achievements – no goal is too small. To see more Humans of Econ posts and updates from the Department of Economics, check out our Instagram page @McMasterEconomics. If you would like to share your story or nominate a Human of Econ, please reach out to with your full name, program, 250 words about yourself and a photo . All inquires are welcome for consideration.

Explore our page to find information about the McMaster Economics Society (MES), Economics Mentorship Program and FAQs.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin graduated from McMaster in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Kevin has his CIM designation and is currently a Portfolio Manager.

“Life after McMaster has been exciting, challenging, and rewarding! The great thing is that you’re never far away from the Mac community – the alumni network is a vast and invaluable resource.”
Some advice Kevin had for the Class of 2021 is:
Never waste an opportunity to show gratitude to those you work with, learn from, and admire. Reach out, no matter their status or tenure. Everyone had a bit of help getting their start, and I’ve found that people tend to feel a moral obligation to pay it forward. It is also flattering to be asked for advice! My first job in wealth management was a 3 month contract position in downtown Toronto, at a hyper-competitive firm. When the contract expired, a full-time position was offered to another peer. I wanted to slump away in defeat, but on my way out the door a colleague advised me to take a deep breath, think about the top performers I’d had a chance to work with in the firm, and the use the resources that were at my fingertips to show gratitude for the opportunity. I went through the org chart and company directory, and sent a thank you note to the individuals that I’d gotten valuable exposure to, and asked if I could use them as a reference for future roles. I also scoured the internal job postings and found a role that was perfect for me. Within weeks I had an interview at another office within the firm, and a few high-level executives who were willing to provide a reference. That helped me land my first full-time position, and catapult my career in wealth management.

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McMaster Economics Society

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Our Economics Mentorship Program connects our Level 1 and 2 Economics students with Level 3 and 4 upper year Honours Economics students. Stay tuned for mentee and mentor registration information.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Economics?

Economics is the science of choice. Economists study human behaviour as it relates to the allocation of scarce resources, and how resource allocation affects people’s well-being.

2. What are the program options for Economics? What GPA/courses do I need?

Program options are:
Economics (B.A.)
Honours Economics (B.A.)
Honours Economics (Specialist Option) (B.A.)
Honours Economics and Computer Science (B.A.)
Honours Economics and Mathematics (B.A.)
Combined Honours in Economics and Another Subject (B.A.)
Minor in Economics

3. What is the Economics Specialist Option Degree and how is it different from the other Honours Economics Degrees?

The Honours BA Specialist Option stream provides the same solid grounding in Economics as the Honours BA stream, with a minimal but highly specific differentiation. The Specialist Option requires an additional econometrics course that is a necessary preparation for econometrics courses to be taken in MA in Economics programs.

4. I am a Direct Entry Economics Student. Do I still have to declare a major?

Students will have the opportunity to declare a major at the end of first year based on the Level 1 course requirements.

5. What are popular double majors?

There are many options for double majors with an Economics degree. Popular programs include Political Science, Labour Studies and Sociology.

6. Are there certain topics I can focus on within the Economics program?

Yes! Students can choose upper year courses that focus on health, econometrics, labour, sports, society and many more!

7. How can I become involved as an Economics student?

Join the McMaster Economics Society (MES)! The MES is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing the experience of all students with a passion for Economics. We aim to provide a platform for Economics students to engage in academic and social settings outside of the classroom. @mcmasterecon


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Maria Budisa

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