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Take your economics knowledge to the next level with an Economics: Theory and Applications certificate

When you’re ready to tackle more advanced economics concepts, The Chang School is here for you. Our unique Certificate in Economics: Theory and Applications builds on your economics fundamentals to help you understand more complex economic theory.

This kind of economics education is highly sought after in the job market these days. Businesses, government departments, and non-profit organizations all have a multitude of roles for trained economics professionals.

The Economics: Theory and Applications certificate will teach you how to apply mathematical and statistical tools to a wide variety of economic and business problems. There are also many electives to choose from, allowing you to curate your education to your interest area or future career path. (Want to enter graduate studies in economics or a related field? This certificate is the perfect place to start.)

Our certificate is set up to get you into the field and working as soon as possible: you can finish the coursework in less than a year. Plus, the Economics: Theory and Applications courses can be completed online, with in-person exams, so you can manage your coursework in between work and other obligations.

Ready to gain an advanced understanding of economics and a competitive edge in the job market? Let’s start now.

Who should take this Economics: Theory and Applications certificate?

  • You already possess a basic foundation in economics or finished the Certificate in Economics: Fundamentals and want to build a more advanced set of knowledge and skills
  • You want to focus on economic theory and quantitative methods for deeper analysis of a variety of topics, including labour economics, environmental economics, or public sector economics
  • You’re a university graduate with a degree in another field who wants to enter graduate studies in economics or a related field

What will you learn while taking the Economics: Theory and Applications certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Build on your economics knowledge to gain an advanced understanding of key concepts and theories, as well as mathematical and statistical tools
  • Meet your specific economics learning goals by choosing from coursework covering a wide variety of subjects, including:
    • Canadian tax policy
    • Econometrics
    • Economic growth and technological change
    • Economics of information
    • Economics of international trade
    • Environmental economics
    • Game theory
    • Industrial organization
    • Intermediate and advanced microeconomics and macroeconomics
    • International monetary economics
    • Labour economics
    • Mathematics for economics
    • Public sector economics

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 3 electives**
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

**You must take 3 selections from the electives that you haven’t already taken as required courses.


Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U credits (including English or Mathematics), or
    • With M credits


  • Mature student status


If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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