Study why people and governments behave the way they do, and how they make choices in a world where resources are limited.

Economics focuses on the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. During your studies, you will explore questions like:

  • Why are some countries richer than others?
  • Why has income disparity been growing in recent years?
  • Why do some companies succeed while others fail?
  • Should health care be provided by the government or by the private sector?
  • Are tuition fees too high?

Why choose the Department of Economics

The Department’s specialty is to educate you to move beyond ready-made ideas. We help you build academic and professional credibility by teaching you solid statistical and analytical skills. You will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors including public policy, international trade, business, banking and finance, consulting, research, international development and advocacy. 

Part of your learning experience

In your fourth year, you can carry out an off-campus research project related to Canadian economic policy in the public or non-profit sector. This experience is an opportunity to develop not only your research skills, but your team-working and project management skills as well. It’s a way to start building your network before you graduate.

Province Prerequisites Admission averages

English or Français 4U

Advanced Functions 4U

Calculus and Vectors 4U (strongly recommended)

Note: Students who do not have Calculus 4U may take the equivalent course, MAT 1339, at uOttawa. This course is a prerequisite for MAT 1300.

mid 70s
Quebec / CEGEP

English (603) or Français (601)

Mathematics (201) Calculus I

Note: Students who do not have Calculus I will need to take the equivalent course, MAT 1339 at uOttawa.

mid 60s
Quebec / Secondary V

English or Français

Technical and Scientific option or Natural Sciences option (Secondary V)

Note: A make-up course in Functions and/or Calculus and Vectors at uOttawa is a prerequisite to MAT 1000 level courses.

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Department of Economics

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4 years120 units
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Honours in Economics

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Economics and Political Science

4 years120 units
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Joint Honours in Mathematics and Economics

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Major in Economics

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Minor in Economics

Stephanie Renaud, Student
Student Voices

“Economics helps me understand how the world works. It is complex, ever evolving and it has always fascinated me. This program is particularly interesting because of its diverse course offering.”

Stephanie Renaud

— Student

Francesca Rondina, Professor

“Economists are interested in studying the impact of economic policies on people’s lives and how people’s behaviours can influence the effectiveness of these policies.”

Francesca Rondina

— Professor

What to expect

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French immersion

Located in the heart of Ottawa, which is the national capital and an officially bilingual city, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution for more than 150 years. Immersion students have multiple opportunities to learn French in a wonderful cultural context and an innovative learning environment whose efficiency and successfulness has been proven.
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