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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Program Formats

The MA program in business economics is available through both a "regular" and a "co-operative" stream. This program prepares economists for a career where specialization is required in economic forecasting, economic policy analysis, industry and market studies, financial economics, strategic planning, and public policy and business. Combining a specific focus on business economics with advanced training in economic theory, quantitative methods and applied research, the program also prepares students for doctoral studies.

Program Requirements

Each student must complete the equivalent of 9 one-term courses. The equivalent of six half-credit courses are required, while three are electives. Students must complete the three core courses in Term One before proceeding to Term Two. At least one elective must be from the Department of Economics.  Students may take one extra half-credit course in any academic term, subject to the approval of the Graduate Officer.  Students may take at most three half-credit elective courses from graduate courses in the MBA program.

The required courses provide students with advanced knowledge in economic theory, applied economic analysis, quantitative methods.  They are also designed to ensure that all students have a similar graduate experience, and achieve a comprehensive knowledge of their field, thus fulfilling the university's comprehensive requirement for MA candidates.

Term 1 - Fall:

  • EC620 Microeconomics I
  • EC640 Macroeconomics I
  • EC655 Econometrics

Term 2 - Winter:

  • EC665 Forecasting, Time Series Analysis, and Survey Design
  • Two Elective Courses, at least one of which is an Economics elective

Term 3 - Spring or Winter or Fall:

  • One Elective Course
  • EC681 *Research Paper and Seminar

Co-operative Option Requirements

Students in the Master of Arts in Business Economics program who wish to pursue the co-op option must submit a résumé, application form and transcript of their undergraduate program as part of their initial application to the MABE program.

The business economics co-op is a limited-enrolment program, and admission is competitive. Students indicate at the time of application if they wish to be considered for co-op.  Based on their application material, applicants may be selected for an interview by a co-op administrator.  The decision to admit to the co-op stream is based on the applicant's academic record, résumé, interview performance, recent work experience, recent volunteer service to their community, and extracurricular activities at university.  Offers of admission to the co-op option will be made in conjunction with offers of admission to the MABE program.  Co-op students support the administration of the Laurier Co-op program by paying fees in the fall and winter terms of year one.

The Co-op Office supports participants in their job search efforts and preparation for interview through workshops and individual attention. After completing two academic terms, co-op students embark on one of:

  • One 4-month work term
  • An eight-month work term

If students do one 4-month work term, it takes place during the spring (May to August) term. Students doing one 8-month work term do so between May and December. In order to proceed to their first work term, all co-op students must be in good academic standing and must have completed all of the core requirements of term one and term two. Towards the end of the work term, students discuss their experience in a work term report that will be reviewed by a co-op co-ordinator and the graduate officer of the Department of Economics.

After their work term, co-op students return to campus for a final academic term in the academic term after their final work term concludes.