Welcome to Business Economics!

How do the "animal spirits" of investors fuel market booms and busts? Why are some firms more successful than others? What are the determinants of economic growth, and which industries are expected to grow fastest in the near future? How should firms finance themselves: through debt or equity? How can shareholders incentivize firm executives and managers to act in their best interests?

Do such questions pique your interest? Then our Business Economics program is ideally suited to you! Develop your business acumen, your analytical and critical-thinking skills in a highly interactive, tightly-knit, and bilingual community. Ours is a collaborative program, not just in how it is delivered but also through its relationships around the world. Our professors have a global reach, relevant business experience, and a wide variety of specializations including macroeconomics, international trade, corporate and international finance, industrial organization, public economics, innovation economics, public health, and data science.

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Skills You'll Learn


  • Understand current business management techniques, and effective and practical business strategies  
  • Gain strong analytical skills  
  • Study statistical methods used in business, and apply them to practical challenges  
  • Learn economic theory and its application to business analysis  
  • Get exposure to associated fields, such as finance, and concepts relevant to business today 

Careers


As a Business Economics graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue grad studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:  

  • Financial, investment and banking sectors 
  • Consultancy 
  • Market analysis 
  • Research 
  • Policy advising 
  • Accounting 
  • Financial auditor 
  • Product Manager 
  • Strategic planning 

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Business Economics. 

Hands-On Experiences


Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real-world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Business Economics students. 

  • Choose a specialization stream in third or fourth year: Accounting & Finance, Economics & Public Policy or Mathematical Economics & Economic Theory  
  • Join the national Bank of Canada Governor’s Challenge, in which teams simulate the role of advisor to the bank’s Governing Council 
  • Complete an internship or work placement in the Greater Toronto Area 
  • Join our dynamic club: the Glendon Business & Economics Society, to boost your skills and meet likeminded classmates

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know friendly, high-profile professors, who have strong international backgrounds and real-world experience, and are often working and researching in the field. 

Xavier de Vanssay

York Hall 339
416-736-2100 x 88153
devanssay@glendon.yorku.ca

Can Erutku

York Hall 364
416-736-2100 x 88127
cerutku@yorku.ca

Omar Hamouda

York Hall 365
416-487-6778
hamouda@yorku.ca

Vincent A Hildebrand

York Hall 363
416-736-2100 x 88591
vhildebrand@gl.yorku.ca

Marie Lavoie

York Hall C204
416-736-2100 x 88373
lavoie@glendon.yorku.ca

Nicolas-Guillaume Martineau

Department Chair

York Hall 329

416-736-2100 x 88124
ngmartineau@glendon.yorku.ca

Rémi Vivès

York Hall 341A
416-487-6712
remi.vives@glendon.yorku.ca

Vassilios Bardis

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, 2020 (Keele Campus)
416-736-2100 x 33486
vbardis@yorku.ca

Scott Cawfield

York Hall 328
scawfield@glendon.yorku.ca

Simon Neaime

sneaime@yorku.ca

John Paschakis

Vari Hall, 1107 (Keele Campus)
416-736-2100 x 33476
jpaschak@yorku.ca

Rajeev Sharma

York Hall 327
416-487-6712
rsharma@glendon.yorku.ca

Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Business Economics students use the most. 

Admission Requirements


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with an average* in the mid to high 70s  
  • A minimum of six 4U or 4M courses, including 4U English or FRA4U  
  • We accept a combination of U and M courses and OACs  
  • Economics & Business Economics: MHF4U and MCV4U recommended  
  • Proficiency in English OR French  

* Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses  

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