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UTP Stage II: Business and Economics

Overview

From day one, Lazaridis School students learn to work in teams tackling real-world problems that exist now. The co-op business degree is Canada’s largest to immerse students in the kinds of environments they’ll experience when they graduate.

All of this is about teaching Lazaridis School students to think for themselves, so they’ll be able to adapt to a world of ever-growing complexity, facing problems nobody has ever solved before.

The Lazaridis School operates the largest business degree co-op program in the country. Students are encouraged to explore different career options and gain valuable employment experience before they graduate. The employment rate for the Economic (BA) program in 2020 was 100%.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

  • 3 terms

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus*

Your direct pathway into Wilfrid Laurier University

High School
Wilfrid Laurier International College
2nd Year at Wilfrid Laurier University
*Students in Business and Economics will complete their UTP studies at the Brantford Campus and, upon successful completion of the program, will either be eligible to transfer or apply to transfer to complete their degree at Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

Program transfer options include:

  • Business Technology Management (Honours BBTM) (Fall progression only)
  • Economics (Honours BA)
  • Economics and Accounting (Honours BA)
  • Economics and Financial Management (Honours BA)
  • Economics in Combination with another Honours BA Program

Please note: The Business Technology Management Option and Management Option programs will be available for students once they have transferred to Wilfrid Laurier University. Please see an advisor for more information if you are interested in pursuing one of these options.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Majors

Business Technology Management (BBTM)

The Business Technology Management (BTM) program is a specialized kind of business education. BTM students take a foundational business curriculum and then specialize in using technology to help solve business problems. Graduate with skills and experience that will set you apart in today’s business world: critical thinking, interpersonal communication and collaboration skills.

Located in: Brantford

Economics (Honours BA)

Economics is about building policies that can improve the way the world works. Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics provides a combination of sound mathematics, strong statistical analysis, and the ability to powerfully convey these findings’

Located in: Waterloo*

Economics and Accounting (Honours BA)

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Accounting program is CPA-accredited and gives a career advantage to students looking to become an accountant. Unlike most programs in accounting, this one prepares you to understand business and government issues in a data-driven economy at the macro level.

Located in: Waterloo*

Also offers: Economics (Honours BA) in Combination with another Honours BA Program

Economics and Financial Management (Honours BA)

This degree pairs our Economics program with our highly ranked Finance program. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to enter the investment banking or finance profession and have the competitive career advantage of understanding the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being.

Located in: Waterloo*

Also offers: Economics (Honours BA) in Combination with another Honours BA Program

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Program Structure

During the UTP Stage II: Business and Economics program you will study courses that introduce you to a wide range of disciplines including Business, Accounting, Economics and Leadership Foundations. Below is a sample of the courses that you might take during the program.

  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Introduction to Strategic Management and Decision-Making
  • Communication Skills for Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures I
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Progression Requirements

You will be eligible to apply to the Honours Bachelor of Business Technology Management program in the Lazaridis School of Busines and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University with 5.0 credits (10 courses) toward your degree upon successful completion of the UTP Stage II: Business and Economics (Honours BBTM) program if you meet the following requirements:

Business Technology Management

  • A minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in all Business courses, a minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in all non-business courses and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 (C) with no individual course grade less than 3.00 (D+). Students must meet these progression requirements by August 31.
  • Total course repeats may not exceed a maximum of 1.0 credit exclusively during Year 1 and any given course can only be repeated once. All credits taken during Year 1 will be included in the GPA requirements for progression into Year 2.
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses BU111 (or MB105), MB106, MB200, MB115, BU127, EC120, EC140, MA103. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.

You will transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Arts program in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University with 5.0 credits (10 courses) toward your degree upon successful completion of the UTP Stage II: Business and Economics (Honours BA) program if you meet the following requirements:

Economics

  • A minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in all honours major courses and a minimum overall GPA of 6.00 (C+) with no individual course grade less than 3.00 (D+).
  • You can submit your application for review by the department if your GPA is between 5.00 (C) and 7.00 (B-) with no individual course grade less than 3.00 (D+).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses EC120, EC140, and MA103. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.

Students may also transfer into Economics plus any other BA program if they have no individual grade lower than a 4.00 (C-) and satisfy the other programs requirements.

Economics & Accounting

  • A minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in Economics and Business courses and a minimum overall GPA of 6.00 (C+) with no individual course grade less than 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses EC120, EC140, MA103, BU111, and BU127. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.

Economics & Financial Management

  • A minimum GPA of 7.00 (B-) in Economics and Business courses and a minimum overall GPA of 6.00 (C+) with no individual course grade less than 4.00 (C-).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including the required courses EC120, EC140, MA103, BU111, and BU127. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.
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