UBC Student attends a GoGlobal Seminar in order to receive more information & interact with fellow, to-be exchange students

BA Economics

Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. 

The Vancouver School of Economics at UBC is considered one of the top economics departments in Canada, with expertise in a wide variety of fields including industrial organization, labour, economic measurement, economic history, macro-economics, public policy, and international trade and finance development, as well as resource, health, and transitional economics.

Get experience at UBC

Building your career takes more than attending academic lectures. Get involved with research and complement your studies with relevant research and applied experiences. Whether you choose one of the experiences listed below or one of the many other great opportunities available, you’ll learn new things, make new friends, network, and set yourself apart. It all counts.

Economics Students Association

The UBC Economics Students Association is the home organization of Economics students at UBC and other students interested in the field. It prioritizes in member care and development and assists in the academic, extracurricular, and personal growth of each member.

Go Global 

There’s a lot to learn when you venture out into the world.  Go Global to explore world economic issues from a new vantage point, learn about different schools of economic thought in context, and reflect on domestic affairs with an international perspective. 

Arts Co-op Program

Put your language skills and cultural knowledge to work for you. Gaining paid, full-time co-op experience will help you explore careers in non-profits and community organizations, arts organizations, education, government, and the private sector with employers across Canada and abroad. Graduate with career skills, experience, and a network of professional contacts that will give you a competitive edge after graduation.

Community experience

Work and learn in community settings like non-profits and inner city schools. Take a course with a community-based experiential learning (CBEL) component and develop an understanding of community contexts and the systemic factors underlying community needs. Whether it’s a course or signing up for Trek & Reading Week placements, or a grant project in community, you’ll build skills in real-world settings and make invaluable connections with people in community.

Arts Internship Program

Build a career while you are studying through part-time, unpaid internships designed with Economics students in mind. Exciting internships are being created at non-profits and social service organizations. Apply your valuable classroom knowledge and data analysis skills to the world of work and gain industry contacts along the way. Check out exciting economics-specific internships at the Vancouver Rent Bank, Schema Magazine and more.

Join a network

Join the Ten Thousand Coffees platform to find a mentor or meet with classmates. Connect with peers based on your interests to share ideas, insights and advice over a cup of coffee.

Student Directed Seminars

The Student Directed Seminars program provides upper-year undergraduate students (in 3rd year or later) the opportunity to propose, coordinate, and lead their own 3-credit seminar class with a small group of peers on a topic not currently offered at UBC-Vancouver. Each seminar brings together a group of highly-motivated students that explore and investigate a topic through learning activities including group discussions, research papers, presentations, guest lectures, applied problem-solving, and Community Service Learning. This is a fantastic opportunity for Arts students to share their passion for a topic, as well as build key skills in the areas of facilitation, time management, peer-to-peer learning, and more.

Using your degree

Using your economics degree

Using knowledge of economic data, mathematical models and statistical techniques, Economics students develop skills in problem solving and analysis. Analyzing the relationship between economic, cultural and political issues in order to forecast and explain economic trends, understand policies, markets and development are skills that employers from diverse industries value.

Career possibilities

Economic Development Officer

Working in economic development requires knowledge in economic research, policies and trends to improve a community by attracting businesses, assisting business owners and coordinating employment training activities.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts are knowledgeable in economic trends and market analysis and specialize in particular economic sectors to assist organizations and companies in managing their investments.

More possibilities:

Internal Bank Auditor
Real Estate Development/Analyst
Compensation and Benefits Co-ordinator
Money Market Manager
Bank Examiner/Trust Officer
Business Forecaster
Health Plan Administrator
Financial Reporter
Loan/Mortgage Officer
Pension Plan Administrator
Statistician/Sports Statistician
Information Systems Manager
Computer Programmer
Purchasing Agent
College Admissions/Financial Officer
Telecommunications Analyst
Labour Relations Researcher
Insurance Sales
Pricing/Retail Analyst
Health Economist
Senior Budget Advisor
Land Development Associate
Policy Advisor/Analyst
Municipal Affairs Specialist
Investment Analyst
Appraisal & Taxation Assistant
Sales and Inventory Analyst
Tax Policy Analyst
Human Resources Specialist
Economic Analyst

Academic possibilities

An Economics degree prepares you for further study in a variety of fields, including:

  • Economics
  • Business Administration 
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics 
  • Law
  • Education 
  • Public Policy

Alumni profiles

Josephine Fong

BA Economics 2009 Through the Arts Co-op Program, Josephine Fong worked as a Project Co-ordinator with Blackberry. She managed three projects: writing project charters, project plans, and work breakdown schedules.

Alexey Pazukha

Alexey Pazukha’s dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics offered “an opportunity to fulfill both my interests simultaneously.” “Electrical engineering and economics are complementary,” he says, “in the sense that it is impossible to engineer any product or service without understanding the underlying economics.” Learn more.

Deyan Ivanov

During his 4th at UBC, Economics and Psychology major Deyan Ivanov participated in a Community-Based Learning course that had students partnered with the Network for Inter City Community Services Society. “It's good to be able to say ‘This is what I did, and you can read about it in the paper.’ The main advantage of community learning is that it sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.”