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Our graduates' quantitative skills and policy analysis skills are highly valued by both the public and private sector employers.

Many of our graduates hold dual degrees in areas such as mathematics, political science, computer sciences, labour studies and health sciences.

Economics is relevant for everything from financial markets to public policies to our daily lives.

McMaster’s economics program is one of the best in Canada. Current faculty members are leading researchers in all major areas of economics and former economics undergraduates at Mac have gone on to outstanding careers in academics, law, finance, politics and industry. One was President and CEO of Tim Hortons. Another was Chair of the Department of Economics at Yale. One has even won the Nobel Prize in Economics!


View all our Undergraduate Program offerings

The Economics department offers

  • Minor in Economics
  • B.A. in Economics
  • B.A. Honours in Economics
  • NEW **B.A. Honours-Specialist in Economics Option**
  • A variety of combined programs

Visit our Programs page for more details about all those options.

Bridget O'Shaughnessy

Associate Professor | Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Many Pathways to a Degree

Economics is a fascinating field of study with many sub-fields as demonstrated by our extensive list of undergraduate courses.  We offer several degree programs to prepare you for the next stage in your life – whether that is graduate school or the start of a career.  Many of our students take advantage of courses, grants, and work placements offered by the Office of Experiential Education in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

You can find answers to frequently asked questions about our programs by scrolling through these pages.  If you need further assistance, consult an Academic Advisor, the undergraduate Administrative Assistant at or myself at


Professor Bridget O'Shaughnessy
Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Economics

Learn more about our Programs

McMaster’s economics graduates work in all parts of Canada and around the world.

Recent graduates have taken positions in many areas of business, especially financial services. Among the public sector positions filled by McMaster economics graduates are those with the Bank of Canada, Finance Canada, and numerous other branches of federal and provincial governments.

Fellowship, Scholarships and Awards

Economics students are eligible for more than fifteen Scholarships and Awards.

View a listing of our department scholarships and awards