The Vancouver School of Economics is ranked in the top 20 Economics Departments worldwide, with expertise in a wide variety of fields including industrial organization, labour, economic measurement, economic history, macro-economics, public policy, and international trade and finance development, as well as resource, health, and transitional economics.

Students may pursue a Minor, Major, or Honours program in Economics, as well as combined Majors in:

  • Economics and Political Science
  • Economics and Philosophy
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Economics and Mathematics

Economics majors develop a range of skills that support a variety of occupations. Visit Career Services for career possibilities to consider.

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Bachelor of International Economics (BIE)

BIE is a distinct four-year, full-time degree program offered by the Vancouver School of Economics with supporting partner the Sauder School of Business. The BIE aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the workings of the global economy, as well as a strong technical training that will allow them to go on to careers as professional or academic economists.


Admission to the Major, Combined Major, or Honours program requires an application. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.

For Bachelor of International Economics (BIE) admission information, visit the school website.

Student and Alumni Profiles

Manil Chowdhury: Vancouver Rent Bank

Manil Chowdhury believes that a degree is more than just a piece of paper; it is a collection of experiences. Through the Arts Internship Program and Vancouver Rent Bank he has explored academically and professionally.

Curtis Kuznecov & Leighton Hay: From the Classroom to City Hall

When economics students Curtis Kuznecov and Leighton Hay sat down next to each other in Professor Robert Gateman’s ECON 210: Microeconomic Policy class, they didn’t expect to enact tangible policy changes in the City of Vancouver by the end of term.

Koon Peng Ooi: Transcending Borders

Born and raised in Malaysia, Koon Peng Ooi decided to pursue his education at UBC due to its strong Economics program and the International Leaders of Tomorrow (ILOT) scholarship. Now in his third year in Economics, Koon Peng has already participated in two International Service Learning programs in Uganda and developed a strong relationship with a local primary school for deaf children.

Kristina Hess: Forward Thinking and Ambitious

UBC Economics graduate Kristina Hess found that a great deal of her success came from planning ahead and learning about unique opportunities early on in her UBC career. Thinking into the future allowed Kristina to participate in a Go Global exchange to Germany and implement the Economics stream of the Arts Tri-mentoring program while still managing to graduate within four years in the Honours program.

Deyan Ivanov: Preparing for the future through involvement

Devan Ivanov began his UBC career envisioning a future in Engineering, but ended up graduating in May 2012 with a double major in Economics and Psychology. During his time as a student, Deyan took advantage of a number of involvement opportunities, which have led him to his current full-time position as Alumni Data Coordinator at UBC Alumni Affairs.


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