Information for Admissions in 2020

Admission to the Majors, Combined Majors or Honours Program in Economics is by application only.

Applications must be accompanied by official or unofficial online transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions attended. Students must have their applications submitted to the Vancouver School of Economics by May 20, 2020. Note: We will not accept LATE applications after this deadline. There are no exceptions.

Students who take courses on Cr/D/F basis in 2019WT2 will still be eligible to apply for admissions to the Economics Major/Combined Major program.

Students who apply for Major/Combined Major in economics are ranked based on the overall Econ GPA, and approximately top 250 students will receive one of the two kinds of offers as follows:

Full Offer: for students who completed all mandatory courses (below) for percentage grading, and obtained the minimum number of credits as prescribed below (minimum credits can include those earned with Cr/D/F grading in 2019WT2).

Provisional Offer: for students who either
(a) took any of the required economics, mathematics, or writing component courses for Cr/D/F grading in 2019WT2 or,
(b) do not fulfill the minimum credits as required.

Students who accept a provisional offer from us will have their admission reassessed based on their performance in 2020W T1 courses in economics at the end of December 2020. Only those students whose economics course
average in 2020W T1 is at or above 68% will be fully admitted and allowed to remain in their Major/Combined Major. Unsuccessful students will not be permitted to complete a Major/Combined Major in Economics.

The overall ECON GPA used for admissions is based only on the percentage-graded courses as prescribed below.


• Admission to the Major or a Combined Major or the Honours program in Economics requires a student to have completed at least 54 credits.

The grades used for the computation of the Econ GPA must be from at least 54 credits, and the credits must include:

• 6 credits of Principles of Economics (equivalent to UBC Econ 101 and 102)
• 6 credits of first-year University calculus (equivalent to UBC MATH 104 and MATH 105)
• 3 credits that satisfy the Writing Component of the Bachelor of Arts Writing and Research Requirement (WRDS 150, ASTU 150, CAP, Arts One, ENGL 100 or an approved equivalent)
• 6 credits of second- or third-year level courses in Economics (courses in this category are not acceptable unless they require Principles of Economics as a prerequisite).

Selection for admission is based on the average mark in all credits of post-secondary coursework attempted. However, the 12 lowest credits may be dropped from this calculation providing they are for courses other than those pertaining to the program requirements listed above, and provided that the student is evaluated on a minimum of 48 credits.

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Note that the admissions policy on this webpage applies only for applicants in 2020. The policy is subject to revision in the future.


Please note that credits obtained from economics courses in 2019WT2 on Cr/D/F basis can be used toward the fulfillment of the requirements for Major/Combined Major/Minor degree in economics.