Economics and Finance BA

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Economics and Finance BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    McGill University’s BA degree in Economics and Finance is delivered as a joint honours program. It is delivered I conjunction with the Desautels Faculty of Management and the Economics Department. As the two disciplines are highly complementary, the degree you earn will prepare you for a variety of lucrative roles in many closely related industries.

    You’ll learn about all of the scientific principles which inform the modern study of finance and economics, including mathematics and statistics. You’ll study macroeconomics, financial accounting and investment management in great detail, and will have the option of taking several elective courses which will allow you to specialise your training in fields such as econometrics, financial risk management and international finance.

    The degree program includes opportunities to extend your studies abroad. You might explore becoming an exchange student, engaging in an overseas internship or field study semester or perhaps a summer abroad. You are encouraged to explore your options here.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 years of full time study at 30 credits per year, for a total of 90 credits. However, there are special requirements for international students. Students who did not attend a high school in Quebec will need to attend a ‘freshman year’ before they begin the main program, making this a 4 year, 120 credit degree program.

    Required Modules Include:

    • Intro to Econ Theory 1 & 2
    • Economic Statistics 1 & 2
    • Macroeconomics 1 & 2
    • Adv Economic Theory 1 & 2
    • Econometrics 1
    • Corporate Finance
    • Investment Management
    • Applied Corporate Finance
    • Advanced Finance Seminar
    • Intro to Financial Accounting
    • Introduction to Finance

    Optional Modules Include:

    • History of Thought 1 & 2
    • Econometrics 2
    • Topics in Finance 1
    • Advanced Topics in Finance
    • Princ & Strateg of Secur Trading
    • Financial Derivatives
    • Market Risk Models
    • Fixed Income Analysis
    • International Finance
    • Int’l Corporate Finance
    • Applied Investments 1 & 2

    Learning And Teaching

    McGill University’s Economics and Finance program is delivered primarily through lectures, skills workshops and seminar sessions. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. Students are encouraged to spend study time at McGill’s library, and to make use of both the department level and faculty level advisors who are available to all. Such support is offered online and in person through various university offices.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree is an excellent way to begin a career in a wide range of business or finance roles. 

    No matter what career pathway you choose, you’ll have the help and support of the university’s Career Advising and Transition Services – CATS. They can help you gain the professional skills you’ll need to apply for your first few critical roles and give you access to a huge network of alumni and other contacts.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed several math requirements at the high school level in order to apply for this program. These prerequisites include 3 credits of Linear Algebra and Geometry, 3 credits at the Calculus 1 level and 4 credits at the Calculus 2 level.    

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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