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Post Baccalaureate Diploma

This program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than economics. Students pursue individual interests in specific economics areas.

A diploma program should, in general, consist of regular upper division university courses; graduate courses may be included. The study program should be the equivalent of one full year or more of university study (30 or more units). A first university degree or the equivalent is normally a prerequisite, but, if stipulated, mature applicants whose experience makes them particularly suited to a program may also be admitted.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a recognized bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) with a minimum graduation grade point average of 2.0 from a university in British Columbia or with a minimum graduation grade point average of 2.4 from a university outside of British Columbia, or equivalent.
  • Students applying to the University for admission are required to meet undergraduate admission deadlines. Application forms should be accompanied by official documents and a statement of objectives in undertaking a diploma program.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of an approved program comprised of 30 units of third and fourth year courses, and some graduate courses if appropriate. At least 15 units must be in economics which most closely fits the learning goals of the student. Minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required on courses applied toward the diploma. Students complete lower division prerequisites, if required. The diploma must be completed within five years of admission to the program.


Students may complete more than one post baccalaureate diploma program. Students should consult with the diploma program advisor regarding availability of courses. Some of the program courses have prerequisites not included in the diploma requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses in their programs. Program applicants will need to refer to the current University Calendar for detailed information concerning application and enrolment procedures, fees, program requirements, and course descriptions.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for work done at other institutions, before or after admission to the program, may be approved toward fulfilment of the program provided that at least 18 of the 30 required upper division units, including at least nine units in the student’s area of concentration, be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Transfer credit is normally only valid for approved courses completed within ten years of the diploma student’s completion term.

Transfer credit for use toward the diploma is granted only on approval of the registrar, the appropriate faculty post baccalaureate diploma committee, and the dean of the appropriate faculty.

Credit for work done at Simon Fraser University or transfer credit for work done elsewhere prior to admission to the program may be approved provided that at least 15 of the 30 required upper division units, including at least eight units in the student’s area of concentration, normally be completed after admission to the program.

Units applied to one diploma may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma or degree, and vice versa.