What happened during the 2008 financial crisis and how can it be avoided in the future? Why are some countries poorer than others? Why is income inequality rising in Canada and around the world? Economics looks at human behaviour in a broad range of contexts, from how individuals or business make decisions to societal challenges, such as how to fight poverty or save the environment.


The Economics program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can be combined with Business and other areas of study. There is also a minor option. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Economics

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Economics or (in Fall term only) Economics - 1st yr Surrey

The minor program

You may apply to the minor program after being accepted to a major program and completing a certain number of units. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Brand Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • Business Development Officer
  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Economist
  • Economic/Community Development Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Broker
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Import and Export Advisor
  • International Relations Officer
  • International Trade Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Loan Officer
  • Lobbying Researcher
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Market Research Assistant
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Procurement Officer
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Real Estate Development Researcher
  • Securities Agent
  • Stock Exchange Floor Trader