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Certificate in
Economics and Finance

Note: This program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The Certificate in Economics and Finance is designed for students who aspire to a career in banking and finance, as well as those already working in these fields who want to accelerate their careers. The certificate allows students to develop strong analytical skills through a wide variety of foundational courses in both economics and finance. This certificate will help prepare students to qualify as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and/or Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or to pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/economics.

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Haomiao Yu, aceconomics@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U, including Grade 12 U credits in English and Mathematics (one of which must be Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, or Data Management), or M credits with a minimum grade of 70 percent; or equivalent; or mature student status. As well, student must have completed the following course or equivalent:
CACC 110 Accounting: Financial Accounting

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of eight courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CECN 104   Economics:  Introductory Microeconomics
CECN 204   Economics:  Introductory Macroeconomics
CECN 506   Economics:  Money and Banking
CFIN 300   Finance:  Managerial Finance I
CFIN 401   Finance:  Managerial Finance II
CFIN 501   Finance:  Investment Analysis


Electives (select two)

Note: Students are allowed to choose only one of CECN 129 or CQMS 102 as their electives.

Students are allowed to choose only one of CECN 721 or CFIN 621 as their electives.

CECN 129   Economics:  Statistics for Economics I
CECN 301   Economics:  Intermediate Macroeconomics I
CECN 504   Economics:  Intermediate Microeconomics I
CECN 606   Economics:  International Monetary Economics
CECN 703   Economics:  Public Sector Economics
CECN 721   Economics:  International Financial Markets
CECN 803   Economics:  Canadian Tax Policy
CFIN 502   Finance:  Personal Financial Planning
CFIN 510   Finance:  Small Business Finance
CFIN 512   Finance:  Risk Management and Insurance
CFIN 601   Finance:  Derivatives
CFIN 612   Finance:  Retirement and Estate Planning
CFIN 621   Finance:  International Finance
CQMS 102   Quantitative Methods:  Business Statistics I


Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CECN 104   Economics:  Introductory Microeconomics
CECN 204   Economics:  Introductory Macroeconomics
CECN 506   Economics:  Money and Banking
CECN 606   Economics:  International Monetary Economics
CFIN 300   Finance:  Managerial Finance I
CFIN 401   Finance:  Managerial Finance II
CFIN 502   Finance:  Personal Financial Planning
CFIN 512   Finance:  Risk Management and Insurance
CFIN 612   Finance:  Retirement and Estate Planning
CQMS 102   Quantitative Methods:  Business Statistics I