Economics and Accounting (BA)

Pair your policy-focused education in economics with expert training in accounting. This program offers a competitive advantage to completing your Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. After you graduate, complete the Graduate Diploma in Accounting (one term consisting of five courses) to fulfil the course requirements of Core 1 through to Elective 2 of the CPA education components.

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 have access to in the Economics program:

  • Enhance your academic and social experience by joining the Business and Economics Residence Learning Community.
  • Find learning supports through the Mathematics and Statistics Learning Labs.
  • Work as an Instructional Assistant in the Economics department.
  • Join the Laurier Economics Club.

Check out the Economics Experience Guide.


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

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

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introductory to Calculus and Social Sciences or Calculus I
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Understanding the Business Environment or Functional Areas of the Organization
  • 2.5 non-economics elective credits

Sample First-Year Electives

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

Sample Upper-Year Courses

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


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.

  • accountant/auditor
  • actuary
  • bank examiner/trust officer
  • business forecaster
  • economist
  • financial analyst
  • investment banking analyst
  • pension plan administrator
  • pricing analyst

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 Accounting (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?

Email, call 548.889.8888 or see all contact information.