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International Economics and Development


Honours in International Economics and Development

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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As the 21st century unfolds, the issues of international development and globalization are central to the future world order: the underlying economic challenges will fundamentally change our society. The International Economics and Development program is built on a variety of economics courses that provide insight into the way in which globalization affects individuals, industry, the public sector and entire nations. The understanding it provides of economic concepts is framed by an awareness of the factors that shape economic development in both emerging and developing countries.

This unique combination enables students to acquire statistical and analytical skills while being exposed to practical international learning experiences that will benefit them regardless of where in the world they choose to work or pursue their studies.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages

English or Français 4U

Advanced Functions 4U

Calculus and Vectors 4U (strongly recommended)

Note: Students who do not have Calculus 4U may take the equivalent course, MAT 1339, at uOttawa. This course is a prerequisite for MAT 1300.

± 75 %

English (603) or Français (601)

Mathematics (201) Calculus I

Note: Students who do not have Calculus I will need to take the equivalent course, MAT 1339 at uOttawa.

± 65 %

English or Français

Technical and Scientific option or Natural Sciences option (Secondary V)

Note: A make-up course in Functions and/or Calculus and Vectors at uOttawa is a prerequisite to MAT 1000 level courses.

84 %

Program highlights

  • Our Department is extremely diverse, with professors, researchers, and students from around the world. Their interests lie in areas such as development economics, environmental economics, labour economics, public economics, health economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.
  • Our programs prepare students to work in diverse sectors including environmental or public policy, national and international trade, banking, consulting firms, the public sector and international organizations.
  • Our speciality is to educate our students to be able to move beyond ready-made ideas. We help them build academic and professional credibility through the acquisition of solid statistical and analytical skills.

Career opportunities

  • Economist
  • Economic project analyst
  • International development officer
  • Commercial agent
  • International economic consultant


Katherine Aciro

"I wanted to keep up with my French from high school, so uOttawa was the perfect place to be! The International Development program is so amazing! I love how interdisciplinary it is, you get a feel of multiple fields and you get to learn a lot of different things!"

“I used to want to be a doctor but then I got interested in International Development. I’m hoping to do a minor in health sciences and then focus more on global health.”

Katherine Aciro, student

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