Finance and EMNREE

The Department of Economics offers two certificate programs in cooperation with the School of Business:

  • Certificate in Finance
  • Certificate in the Economics and Management of Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (EMNREE)

Basic Program Requirements

Both Certificate programs consist of ★21 credits of required and optional courses (as part of the ★120 total BA credits.) In addition to the required Certificate program credits, a student must complete all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Honors), major in Economics. Please note that due to the restrictions on non-Arts/non-Science credits, these Certificates cannot be completed by students with a Minor in Business.

Certificate requirements take two years to complete, so a student should enter a Certificate program at the start of their third year in the BA program

For complete program requirements see:

Admission Procedure

Recruitment, assessment of applications, and admission to the Certificate programs is determined by the Department of Economics. The Department will solicit applications to these programs each year in March. Admission to these Certificate programs is by application only and there are a limited number of spaces in each program. Before applying, read the complete program requirements given in the links above. The Cumulative GPA is the principal factor used to rank applicants.

To be considered a student:

  • must be registered in a BA or BA (Honors) program, majoring in Economics
  • should have normally completed, by the end of Winter term, a minimum of ★60 and a maximum of ★90 toward their ★120 required BA credits
  • should have normally completed ECON 281, ECON 282, and ECON 299 by the end of Winter term; and
  • must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.


Application to the Certificate programs will open the last week of March. Current Economics Majors/Honors will receive an email invitation to apply.

The deadline for applications is April 30. Decisions will be made after Winter term marks have been finalized (generally by the middle of May.) Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by email to their UAlberta email address. As admission to the Certificate programs will not be confirmed until mid-May, all applicants should register in the courses they would take if they are not admitted to the certificate program. For more information, please contact the Economics Undergraduate Office: econ.undergrad@ualberta.ca