Information for Admissions in 2021

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, 2021.  Note: We will not accept LATE applications after this deadline.  There are no exceptions.

Students who took courses on a Cr/D/F basis in 2019WT2 are 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. Approximately the top 250 students will receive one of the following type of offer:

Full Offer: for students who completed all mandatory courses and obtained the minimum number of credits as prescribed below (minimum credits can include those earned with Cr/D/F grading in 2019WT2. At most one mandatory econ or math course may have been completed on a Cr/D/F basis).

Provisional Offer for Students with Missing Credits: for students who have not yet fulfilled the minimum credits as required at the time of application. Students who accept this provisional offer from us will have their admission reassessed based on their credits obtained by August 31, 2021, and will be fully admitted in their Major/Combined Major only if the minimum credits required are fulfilled.

Provisional Offer for Students with Multiple Required Courses with Cr in Cr/D/F Grading in 2019WT2: students who took more than one required economics and mathematics course on a Cr/D/F basis in 2019WT2, and who have not completed more than one course among ECON 301, 302, 325, and 326, or their equivalents, for a percentage grade, may receive a provisional offer of admission. Students who accept a provisional offer must complete at least two courses among ECON 301, 302, 325, 326, or their equivalents, before December 2021.

In order to remain in their Major/Combined Major, students must achieve an overall 68% average in all ECON courses taken between 2019WT2 and the end of 2021WT1. Unsuccessful students will not be permitted to complete a Major/Combined Major in Economics.


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 (including the credits taken with Cr/D/F in 2019WT2) 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.

Note that the admissions policy on this webpage applies only for applicants in 2021. 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.