Study the complexities behind how governments make policy decisions to shape daily life and well-being.

Governments provide essential services, such as health care and education. They collect taxes to pay for their operations. They also seek to regulate human behaviour, for example, to promote competition among firms. This program draws on economic analysis and various disciplines to give you a better understanding of the challenges involved in developing good public policy and why governments sometimes fail to make the right choices.

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 also your team-working and project management skills. 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

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

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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4 years120 units
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Honours in Economics and Public Policy

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“Studying economics helped me develop an ordered and logical approach to solving problems. Using their analytical tools, the opportunities for economics students are endless.”

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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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