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BA (Hons) and BIE are both rigorous and challenging undergraduate programs and the admission standards for each will be higher than for BA (Majors). The BIE curriculum includes a few business courses (e.g., accounting, finance, strategic management) that, in addition to making a student very employable immediately after graduation, leave open a wide avenue of opportunities such as professional degrees (business, law) without precluding the possibility of graduate school in economics. The BIE is also a direct-entry program, with a required career-preparation component built into the curriculum.

As a BIE student you will take courses offered by the Sauder School of Business; however, the BIE program is an economics degree in the Faculty of Arts, not a business degree.  BIE students will learn the tools of economics – theoretical skills and empirical skills – and will learn how to use those tools to analyze the operation of the complex global economy in which we all live and work. Through opportunities as an undergraduate research assistant, or through international service learning, co-op or as an exchange student – and especially in your graduating paper – you will have the opportunity to put into practice the skills that you have learned to become an economist.

Yes. As the BIE program is within the Faculty of Arts, BIE students need to meet the Faculty of Arts Degree Requirements. Information regarding these requirements can be found at

*Writing and Research: WRDS150 fulfills the Writing requirement. BIE required course ECON494 fulfills the Research requirement.

*Science: BIE required courses, MATH184/104 and 105 will fulfill the Science requirement.

The Faculty of Arts has a regulation on Promotion Requirements: “Students who have completed 27 credits are promoted to second year. Students who have completed 54 credits are promoted to third year. Students who have completed 84 credits are promoted to fourth year.”

To be eligible for a scholarship or award, student should:

  • be registered in at least 24 percentage-graded credits
  • attain a standing in the top 10% of your year and faculty, or an average of 75% or higher
  • receive a passing grade in all any courses
  • complete all courses (e.g., no missing grades or standing deferred courses)

Applications are competitive, and there is no guarantee that you will receive a scholarship, award, or prize by meeting the minimum award requirements.

Students are required to be registered in at least 24 credits to keep scholarship or award funding they have been offered in that academic year. Credits from summer courses are NOT counted towards minimum credit load requirements. Only courses and grades earned during the Winter Session are considered.

For more information please refer to regulations at,299,0,0.

Yes, There are usually 10 to 15 spots available each year for transfer into Year 2 of the BIE program. Transfer into any other year of the BIE program is not accepted.

More information on transfer admission to the BIE program can be found on our admissions page.

Transfer credits will be automatically applied towards your degree requirements. Transfer credits cannot be applied towards the BIE Cohort Required Courses such as ECON101 and ECON102. COMM credits are not accepted as electives towards the BIE degree.

MATH100/101/104/184/105 transfer credits can be applied towards the MATH104/105 requirement. However, it is recommended that BIE students consider taking MATH104 and 105 at UBC as a solid foundation in MATH is crucial  for studying Economics.

At least half (50%) of the following must be completed while registered as a Faculty of Arts student at UBC:

  • total degree credits
  • total upper-level requirement (300 and 400-level courses)
  • total upper-level requirement (300 and 400 level courses) for your specialization(s) (major/minor)

No. Elective courses for the Bachelor of International Economics may be taken from the Faculty of Arts or other faculties at UBC (with the exception of the Faculty of Commerce).

B.I.E. students are allowed a maximum of 27 credits of COEC courses towards the completion of their B.I.E. degree but cannot take any other credits in the Sauder School of Business.

Only students who are currently in the B.I.E+MM program are allowed to use the COMM courses required by the MM curriculum as B.I.E electives. The maximum of 27 credits of Business (COEC and COMM) courses applies to B+MM students as well.

Students may construct their program to include any minor available to students in the Faculty of Arts, other than the Minors in Economics or Commerce.

Note: A maximum of 9 credits numbered 300 and higher may be shared between a minor and the B.I.E. See Double-Counting.

See UBC Calendar for more information.

To graduate with the BIE degree, a student must include in the 120 credits required for the degree at least 60 credits but no more than 72 credits in the fields of Economics and Commerce. You may take more than 72 ECON and COMM credits but they will not count towards the 120 total credits required to graduate.

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