Economics


Economics examines the operation of market economies to discover regularities of behaviour and develops a deeper understanding of how its principles apply locally and globally.

Overview

Economics examines the operation of market economies to discover regularities of behaviour and develops a deeper understanding of how its principles apply locally and globally.

To achieve understanding in economics means moving into the realm of theory, analysis, and technical terms. Ultimately the expectation is that through better understanding of economics, society will be able to remedy undesirable results and achieve better ones.

At a Glance

Degree options
Bachelor of Arts (BA), major or honours
Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
Minor

Curriculum

At Mount Allison, the Economics program is built around core courses in economic theory, policy analysis, mathematics, and econometrics.

Such study includes:

  • economics history
  • economic thought
  • microeconomics
  • macroeconomics
  • money and banking
  • international economics

*Students planning to concentrate on economics will find mathematics a valuable complementary study. Those who dislike mathematics or who do poorly in it usually encounter difficulties in economics.

 


Degree options

At Mount Allison, there are different degree options in Economics depending on your interests and career goals.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

As a Bachelor of Arts student, you'll combine your economics courses with courses in arts and letters, humanities, and social sciences. Interdisciplinary options are available with philosophy, political science, and mathematics.

Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)

As a Bachelor of Commerce student, you'll combine your Commerce degree with economics.

  • BComm with honours in Economics
Minors

Minors consist of a selection of core and elective Economics courses (24 credits) and can be combined with any degree.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

 

Economics Mini-Lecture

Wondering what an economics class would be like? Watch this virtual mini-lecture by Economics Department Head Dr. Craig Brett, recorded for our Fall Open House.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Frank Strain
Professor, Economics

» Mount Allison professor studying dementia rates, effects of depopulation in New Brunswick

Careers

Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

Graduates of the PPE program are broadly educated to consider complex contemporary concerns.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for Economics graduates include:

  • economist for government, business, non-profit, or NGO
  • economic policy analyst/consultant
  • business development officer
  • market research/policy analyst
  • financial/investment analyst
  • financial planner/advisor
  • mortgage/insurance broker
  • insurance underwriter/adjuster
  • economic development officer
  • accountant
  • labour relations specialist
  • population studies analyst

Alumni Spotlight

John Main ('02)
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Arviat North-Whale Cove

» Political newcomer John Main ('02) strives to make change in his northern hometown

Testimonials

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The Mount Allison Economics department provided me with an unparalleled and world-class learning experience. In the "Econ Zone" I greatly benefited from a tight-knit and supportive environment where collaborating with my peers and interacting with my professors in meaningful ways was an everyday occurrence. I wear my Mount Allison University Economics degree like a badge of honour.


Nigel
Verret
'20 Valedictorian
Honours Economics, with double major in Commerce and Mathematics
Vancouver, BC
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The Economics department shaped my experience at MtA for the better. The faculty not only challenged me academically, but also supported me personally. The Economics and Mathematics programs has prepared me for law school better than I could have imagined; the analytical skills students learn from the rigor of these courses are unmatched.


Amira
Abouleish
'20
Honours Economics and Mathematics, minor in Commerce
Houlton, Maine, USA

Extras

L.R. Wilson Internships in Public Service and Public Policy

The L.R. Wilson Internships, one of Mount Allison's most prestigious internship programs, provide students studying philosophy, politics, and economics with an opportunity to gain valuable experience working as a summer intern in an organization with a public policy or public service focus.

The internships, valued at $10,000 each, were established in 2015 by Lynton R. (Red) Wilson, retired Chairman, President and CEO of BCE Inc., Mount Allison honorary degree holder, and long-time champion of public service.

Past Wilson interns have worked with organizations in Canada and around the world, including:

  • Ottawa-based NGO Inter Pares
  • Policy Horizons Canada
  • the Government of Canada
  • the Governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
  • the Town of Sackville
  • the Green Party of New Brunswick
  • the Great Divide Trail Association
  • Montreal-based organization Food Secure Canada
  • Colombia-based Organizacion Femenina Popular
  • Laterite, a research and data analysis organization based in Rwanda

 

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Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce.

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce.

Academic Awards

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Mount A is 3rd in national academic awards won by students


Maclean’s ranks Mount Allison second for student satisfaction and third in the number of students who have won national academic awards. To date, 55 Mount Allison students have become Rhodes Scholars.

Next Steps

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