About Program Admission Requirements

The Financial & Business Economics program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies is specifically designed for students who are interested in understanding the workings of financial markets, such as the stock market and the financing of companies. You'll gain a broad understanding of the economic framework upon which financial theory is based and gather the tools needed for navigating financial markets and business decisions.

The program combines a rigorous quantitative and analytical approach with practical application. 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'll take courses such as: Corporate Finance, International Monetary Economics and Financial Econometrics to gain insight into important subject areas including:

  • budgeting
  • saving
  • investing
  • borrowing
  • lending
  • insuring
  • hedging
  • diversifying
  • asset management.

Your degree will prepare you for careers in the financial sector or graduate studies in finance or financial economics.

  • You'll study with professors who are actively engaged in the theoretical and empirical analysis of financial markets.
  • This highly structured and focused program equips you with highly marketable skills, readying you for a career in the financial sector.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introductory Mathematics for Economists I and II
  • Humanities or Social Science general education course
  • Natural Science general education course
  • elective courses outside the major

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Consultant
  • Corporate financial manager
  • Investment banker
  • Venture capitalist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.