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Designed for students who aspire to careers in banking and finance, this certificate can help you join an exciting industry or accelerate your current work in these fields.

Develop strong analytical skills through a wide variety of foundational courses in both economics and finance.

This certificate will help prepare you to qualify as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or to pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration.

This certificate can be completed entirely online.

Note to students registered in this certificate program: Effective Fall 2020, the Certificate in Economics and Finance has been revised. Students who were formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2020, must complete the curriculum requirements that were in effect at the time of their registration. For curriculum details, please refer to the archived calendar for your year of registration.  

  • CQMS 102 has been removed as an elective


What Will You Learn?

Develop strong analytical skills through a wide range of introductory economics courses and specialized finance courses. Build a foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and monetary economics.

Learn the major concepts in finance and investments, including the time value of money, discounted cash flows, and risk and return.

This certificate will also provide you with a thorough introduction to the mathematics of asset valuation and an overview of security analysis and portfolio management, including:

  • valuation of common stock
  • treasury bills and bonds
  • risk and return
  • efficient market hypothesis
  • modern portfolio theory
  • equilibrium pricing relationships
  • evaluation of portfolio performance

Electives are drawn from economics, finance, and quantitative methods, and will allow you to dive deeper into your specific area of interest.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You should take this certificate if you aspire to a career in banking and finance, or if you’re already working in these fields and want to accelerate your career.

This certificate can also help prepare you to qualify as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP), or to pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are experts in economics and finance, with many years of teaching experience. All hold advanced degrees and are members of faculty at Ryerson University.


Industry and Careers

Careers in economics and finance require many of the same skills, including the ability to analyze information, compile statistics, and make informed decisions. Professionals with these skills are particularly valuable to banks and other financial institutions.

This certificate can help you meet the educational criteria for several in-demand professional designations, including Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). It can also help you prepare to take the Canadian Securities Examination or pursue graduate studies in economics, finance, or business administration.

Professional Designations and Accreditation

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is the most prestigious designation in the finance industry. The three levels of CFA exams cover 10 key areas including Economics, Corporate Finance, Investments, Fixed Income, and Derivatives. The Certificate in Economics and Finance will help you build a solid foundation in these key areas.

Visit the CFA Institute website for more information.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation is the most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada. Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Investments, and Personal Financial Planning are part of the CFP core curriculum courses. The Certificate in Economics and Finance can serve as a stepping stone to a career in financial planning.

Visit the FP Canada website for more information.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U credits (including English, Mathematics (one of which must be Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors, or Data Management)
    • Or with M credits with a minimum average of 70 percent or equivalent academic status


  • Mature student status


CACC 110 or equivalent


Awards and Financial Aid




Contact Us

Questions? Contact Dr. Haomiao Yu, Academic Director.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 4799
Email:  aceconomics@ryerson.ca

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