Economics and Financial Management (BA)

From the decisions made as individuals and families to the decisions made by governments and firms, the field of economics relates to every aspect of daily life and the business environment. Pair your policy-focused education in economics with Laurier’s renowned training in finance. Study how people make choices and evaluate the impact of those choices. Be prepared to make sound financial decisions and investments in your future career.

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 get in the Economics program:

Check out the Economics Experience Guide.


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*Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business since 2004.


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

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

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

Sample First-Year Electives

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

Sample Upper-Year Courses

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

Similar Programs


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
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"I wanted to pair Economics up with financial management because they complement each other well –understanding how financial markets work, how the finance profession might look as well and overall, it gives me different career paths that I can explore after graduation.”

Vincent Vigal, 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.

  • bank examiner/trust officer
  • business forecaster
  • economic developer
  • financial analyst
  • investment banking analyst
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • pricing analyst
  • securities trader

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.

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 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.