Why choose Economics at Dalhousie?

Economics is fundamental to understanding our society’s current challenges. As a social science, the welfare of mankind is its utmost concern. As a science, economics searches for logical conclusions from basic facts and common problems. As an economics student, you'll figure out how to use the world’s limited resources to best serve society and you'll do this using solid scientific methods that measure and analyze how people and institutions make economic choices.

Dalhousie economics graduates go on to become policy advisers, politicians, teachers, business consultants and business executives. Economics is also a good basis for further education in law, commerce, environmental or developmental studies, and other social sciences.

Program details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Options

  • BSc or BA (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc or BA (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available for 20-credit programs
  • BSc or BA (15 credit) with Minor in Economics (3 years)
  • Minor in Economics (3 credits)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • Pre-calculus or Calculus
  • 3 additional university prepatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • Economics
  • History

See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Average class size is 50.
  • First and second-year introductory classes may contain up to 150 students.
  • Upper-year class sizes range between 10-20 students.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing