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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Financial and Business Economics


Department of Economics

The Financial and Business Economics program combines a rigorous quantitative and analytical approach with practical application designed for students who are particularly interested in pursuing careers in the financial sector and/or graduate education in financial economics. The program is highly structured and provides a broad understanding of the economic framework upon which financial theory is based. Through a blend of economic theory and applied tools of modern finance, you will develop a solid knowledge of the microeconomic principles underlying financial markets and instruments, the macroeconomic role of finance, and the quantitative tools commonly used for analyzing financial markets. You will be able to pursue a degree in financial and business economics at the Specialized Honours BA level.

Prior to entering the Financial and Business Economics program, students are required to have completed 4U mathematics MHF4U (Advanced Functions) or an equivalent course.

Specialized Honours BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education: a minimum of 21 general education credits as follows:

  • 6.00 credits in natural science (NATS)
  • a 9.00 credit approved general education course in the social science or humanities categories
  • a 6.00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9.00 credit course in social science or humanities already taken

Major credits: 78 credits including the following 60 credits:

18 credits to be selected from the list below including:

Note: many of the ADMS courses listed above have prerequisites and students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Calendar and/or unit in planning their course selections.

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits.

Course Substitutes

Subject to course exclusions, program requirements/restrictions and residency requirements, the following courses are acceptable substitutes for the purpose of meeting the economics program requirements.

Program Course Course Substitutes
AP/ECON 1000 3.00 GL/ECON 2500 3.00
AP/ECON 1010 3.00 GL/ECON 2510 3.00

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