What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) at MacEwan University emphasizes both breadth and depth of study and has been designed for flexibility and customization. You can declare a primary major and a minor, or a primary major and a secondary major, or a primary major and two minors.


Economics is about much more than money and wealth. It’s about making the best use of resources and learning strategies for making effective decisions. In a way, everyone is an economist--from a child deciding which candy to buy to a country’s leader deciding how to support the nation during a pandemic.

As an economics major, you examine contemporary issues and topics from an economic perspective. You learn that economic principles and foundations are relevant at personal, community, national and global levels.

In this rigorous program, you sharpen your critical thinking skills and expand your mind. You also gain a strong grounding in the economic principles and theories needed in graduate studies or in a career in public, private and non-profit sectors.

What to expect

In the first two years of this program, you study the foundations of economics and basic economic principles. You also build your analytical skills through courses that focus on economic data management, analysis and interpretation. Classes are a mixture of discussion and lecture, with opportunities to ask questions and explore relevant contemporary economic issues and policies. This format builds toward specific economic areas of study in the third year.

In your third and fourth years, you learn specific topics such as cost and benefit analysis, environmental economics, international trade and finance, money and banking, public finance and resource economics. You engage in seminar-style classes for some of the courses, presenting to classmates and your professors. These formal sessions give you the opportunity to show your mastery of specific economic topics and research skills.

By the time you enter your fourth year, you have discovered various economic policy issues and topics that are of particular interest to you and gained the analytical skills to engage in insightful economic arguments and analysis. You are able to apply these skills to relevant economic topics and make cogent economic arguments. In this final year, you apply what you have learned throughout your degree to a capstone project of your choice. As well, you have the option of completing a field placement course, working with an employer as an economist.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,100.00 (11,80,964) per year
Application fee: CAN $110

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 November 2021

Start date

4 January 2022


Faculty of Arts and Science

MacEwan University,

City Centre Campus,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 4S2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: P-TOEFL (paper based) score of 580; PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 56 in each band. Minimum overall band score of 70 and a minimum score of 60 in each band; An O-level, GSCE or IGCSE English Language or Literature course of B (minimum grade)is required.

For international students

Regular admission

Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:

  • ELA 30-1
  • Four subjects from Group A, B, C, or D

Mature admission

Applicants must be Canadian applicants, 20 years of age or older, and have been out of full-time high school at least one year by the beginning of the intake term. Applicants must have the following:

  • ELA 30-1 with a minimum grade of 65 percent (or equivalent)

  • Three credits of university-level English, including ENGL 111 from MacEwan University, with a minimum grade of C.

Previous post-secondary

Applicants must have successfully completed the following from a recognized institution:

  • A minimum of 24 university-level credits with a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

IELTS–Academic: Minimum overall band score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 5.5 in each band.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Internet-Based Test (iBT)): Minimum total score of 86 and a minimum score of 21 in each section.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum overall band score of 70 and a minimum score of 60 in each band.

PTE – Academic: Minimum overall score of 59 and a minimum score of 56 in each band.

Cambridge English: Advanced/Proficiency: Minimum overall score of 180 and a minimum score of 165 in each skill.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum score of 80 in GCVR, Listening, and Writing and a 3 in Speaking Test.

Duolingo: Minimum overall band score of 115.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

MacEwan University offers below pathways course for this subject

About MacEwan University

MacEwan provides a friendly student-focused education, where learners get closer to their dream careers.

  • Located in Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, Canada
  • 150+ opportunities for research and work experiences
  • Scholarships for international students
  • 83% of graduates find employment, 10% continue studying