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McMaster economics professors Gajendran Raveendranathan and Anastasios Papanastasiou strolling in Wilson Hall with an undergraduate student.

The Department of Economics introduces direct-entry program

Economics I and Health and Society I features direct-entry from high school starting in September 2019.

Jan 14, 2019

Economics I gives students the opportunity to dive deep into the world of quantitative analysis as they begin their undergraduate career at McMaster. This program requires students to have a strong mathematical foundation leaving high school. Economics students have indicated that having a foundational background in mathematics has been invaluable to their success in the area of study.

“Economics helps us understand the impact of decision-making, whether it’s personal, within an organization, or on local, national and global levels. In today’s world we are consistently inundated with rankings, analytics and fluctuating metrics. Economists are instrumental in developing and understanding these data,” says Steve Jones, Chair of the Department of Economics. “By having a stronger foundation in mathematics, incoming students will be able to thrive and excel at each level of the program, immerse themselves in more complex problem-solving, and ultimately have greater success applying to graduate school or in career options after McMaster.“

Students entering this pathway will develop sophisticated problem-solving, numeracy, research, communication and decision-making skills. These skills are critical life skills and necessary for career success now and for jobs which do not yet exist.

This direct-entry program will allow students to stay in the Economics pathway to choose programs in: Economics, Economics and Mathematics, Economics and Computer Sciences or a Specialist option (which provides extra preparation for graduate school). Students apply for their major at the end of their first year.

Within the program, students will have the flexibility to move to any other BA program, pending prerequisites. Social Sciences I students will also be able to move into these upper level programs, pending prerequisites and enrolment space. 

For more information on admission requirements for the new direct-entry program, as well as Social Sciences I, visit: