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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The BA in Economics program is a 3-year program designed to provide a general education, with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to understand the economy. Although it is not intended to prepare students for specific careers, the degree continues to be attractive to a wide range of employers.

B.A.Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The BA in Economics program is a 3-year program designed to provide a general education, with an emphasis on the skills and knowledge required to understand the economy. Although it is not intended to prepare students for specific careers, the degree continues to be attractive to a wide range of employers.

The program helps to prepare students for their future careers by:

  1. acquainting them with current thinking on matters of public importance, such as inflation, unemployment, the national debt, taxation policy, labour force analysis, social policy reform, international trade policy, natural resource and environmental economics;
  2. training students to think logically and clearly about matters involving choice among alternatives (an important transferable skill); and
  3. preparing students for further study.   Post-graduate work in such graduate fields as business, law, and public administration is possible with a B.A. degree but an Honours degree is increasingly presumed.   A  BA degree can also be very effectively combined with many one-year post-degree co-op programmes (such as journalism, human resource management, and logistics, to name just three) at community colleges.
  4. In September 2012, McMaster University and Mohawk College began offering a Mohawk Business Studies Certificate for Social Sciences students. See below for more information about this program.

Our graduates have found employment as:

Lawyers, Managers (government/business), Policy Researchers, Economic Analysts, Economic Consultants, Economic Forecasters, Financial Planners, Statisticians, Banking / Financial Services, Budget Analysts

Students may broaden employment possibilities by including several non-economics courses in their program as electives. For example, a computer science course or an expository writing course may be appealing to some students.

Students start in the Social Sciences Level 1 program and apply to the Economics BA Program at the end of their first year. Students must complete the requirements of a Level 1 program including two Level 1 Economics courses.

Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 and an average of at least 4.0 in ECON 1B03 and 1BB3.

If a student misses the cut-off for enrolling in the level II BA program, he or she can transfer to the BA program for level III if the student meets one of the two following qualifications: an average of 4.0 or higher in Economics 1B03 and 1BB3 OR an average of 4.0 in Economics 2G03 and 2H03. When these conditions are met, formal approval will be granted by a departmental counsellor.

To remain in programs beyond level II, and to graduate from them, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 for the BA.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

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

Academic Counseling

Department counselors are available to help answer students’ questions about course selection and degree requirements. Most questions can be handled by email. Please contact the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor Bridget O'Shaughnessy, with your inquiries at To meet with a counselor please refer to the schedule below.

Dec 6, 2017 - Jan 5, 2018

Wednesday, Dec 13
O'Shaughnessy 10:00 - 11:30 KTH/403
Thursday, Dec 14
O'Shaughnessy 10:00 - 12:00 KTH/403
Tuesday, Dec 19 O'Shaughnessy 10:00 - 12:00 KTH/403
Wednesday, Dec 20 O'Shaughnessy 12:30 - 1:30 KTH/403
Thursday, Jan 4 O'Shaughnessy 10:00 - 12:00 KTH/403

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.


  •   ECON 1B03 - Introductory Microeconomics
  •   ECON 1BB3 - Introductory Macroeconomics
  •   ECON 2A03 - Economics of Labour-Market Issues
  •   ECON 2B03 - Analysis of Economic Data
  •   ECON 2CC3 - Health Economics and its Application to Health Policy
  •   ECON 2D03 - Economic Issues
  •   ECON 2F03 - The Political Economy of Development
  •   ECON 2G03 - Intermediate Microeconomics I
  •   ECON 2GG3 - Intermediate Microeconomics II
  •   ECON 2H03 - Intermediate Macroeconomics I
  •   ECON 2HH3 - Intermediate Macroeconomics II
  •   ECON 2I03 - Financial Economics
  •   ECON 2J03 - Environmental Economics
  •   ECON 2K03 - Economic History of Canada
  •   ECON 2N03 - Public Policy Toward Business
  •   ECON 2P03 - Economics of Professional Sports
  •   ECON 2Q03 - Economics of Bad Behaviour
  •   ECON 2T03 - Economics of Trade Unionism and Labour
  •   ECON 2X03 - Applied Business Economics
  •   ECON 3B03 - Public Sector Economics: Expenditures
  •   ECON 3C03 - Public Sector Economics: Taxation
  •   ECON 3D03 - Labour Economics
  •   ECON 3F03 - Methods of Inquiry in Economics
  •   ECON 3FF3 - Research Methods in Economics
  •   ECON 3G03 - Introduction to Advanced Economic Theory
  •   ECON 3H03 - International Monetary Economics
  •   ECON 3HH3 - International Trade
  •   ECON 3K03 - Monetary Economics
  •   ECON 3M03 - Introduction to Game Theory
  •   ECON 3Q03 - The Economics of Aging
  •   ECON 3S03 - Industrial Organization
  •   ECON 3T03 - Economic Development
  •   ECON 3U03 - Econometrics I
  •   ECON 3W03 - Natural Resources
  •   ECON 3WW3 - Applied Econometrics
  •   ECON 3Y03 - Selected Topics
  •   ECON 3Z03 - Health Economics
  •   ECON 4A03 - Honours Economic Analysis
  •   ECON 4AA3 - Economic Specialist Seminar
  •   ECON 4B03 - Selected Topics
  •   ECON 4G03 - Econometrics II
  •   ECON 4M06 A/B - Directed Research I
  •   ECON 4N03 - Directed Research II
  •   ECON 4T03 - Advanced Economic Theory I
  •   ECON 4TT3 - Advanced Economic Theory II


2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Undergraduate Program
KTH 426
905-525-9140 ext. 22765
3 Years
Required Credential:
Completion of any level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 (C-) including an average of 4.0 (C-) in ECON 1B03 and 1BB3
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry: