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Degree Title

Bachelor of Arts

Summer B 2024 Start Date:

June 17, 2024

Fall 2024 Start Date:

August 26, 2024


Economics is about much more than just money. It’s a way to understand and predict how people behave.This includes in situations involving scarcity, resources, and incentives. It’s also about understanding populations and historical trends that worked to shape countries, organizations and governments. It analyzes empirical data to better understand human behavior, the impact of programs, and public policy. Economics includes every sector in the business world, so an online bachelor’s degree in Economics is valuable in a vast range of careers.

Our fully online bachelor’s degree in Economics provides students with an understanding of economic problems and institutions, and with the analytical tools to apply this knowledge to contemporary problems. The program is designed for students who desire a career in business, government, international agencies or multinational corporations; and for those planning graduate study in economics, business, law, public administration, urban studies or international relations.

Economics is an ideal major for students interested in working for state or federal government, and working for non-profits in many spheres, especially those related to influencing government policy. Students considering graduate school in a number of fields will make themselves more marketable with a major in economics. In particular, economics is a popular major for students planning to attend law school.

Even if you are still considering a career in the private sector, economics may be for you. In fact, economics majors entering the private sector earn more on average than do business majors.

  • Why Apply?

    There are many reasons for majoring or minoring in economics. Whether you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree (such as an MBA or a law degree), attaining a high-paying job, learning more about financial markets, or better understanding the ever-changing global environment, a degree in economics can help you reach your goals.

    Who employs economists? Companies, governments, non-profits and international organizations!

    The Economics major stresses the analytical and quantitative skills necessary for today's jobs. Employers looking to hire in financial institutions or consulting firms often consider economics to be an extremely attractive major. The Economics department at FIU has placed its majors and minors in banking, government jobs, consulting, financial firms, law schools, business schools, and Ph.D. programs. The American Economics Association describes some of the diverse career opportunities available to graduates with an Economics degree.

    Below is a sample of employers for whom students majoring or minoring in economics at FIU have worked following graduation.

    ABN Amro, Banco Atlantico, Bank Atlantic, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach, Government of Anguilla, Government of Colombia, Hamilton Bank, Lehman Brothers, Merill Lynch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Prudential Securities, SunTrust, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Villamil Consulting.

    Each semester, several firms come to the FIU main campus for the purpose of recruiting graduates. Below is a list of just some of the firms that routinely recruit FIU graduates who have majored in economics.

    Andersen Consulting, Citibank, Ford Motor Credit, General Electric Company, Goldman-Sachs, Marriot International, Nations Bank, Prudential Insurance and Financial Services, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, BellSouth Business Systems, Burdines Department Stores, CINTAS Corporation, Home Depot, IBM Corporation, Kraft Foods, Sprint, SunTrust, Target, Walt Disney World.

  • Courses

    1. Lower Division Preparation (12 credit hours)

    You must take the following four courses as part of your lower division preparation:

    • ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics
    • MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2233 Calculus for Business
    • STA 2122 Introduction to Statistics I or STA 2023 Statistics for Business and Economics

    2. Upper Division Program (60 credit hours)

    The upper division requirements consist of a minimum of 60 credit hours, of which 18 hours are required economics courses, 15 credit hours are elective economics courses, and 27 hours are electives that may be taken in economics or other fields of study.

    A. Required Courses for the Major (18 credit hours)

    • ECO 3101 Intermediate Microeconomics
    • ECO 3203 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • ECO 3410 Measurement and Analysis of Econ Activity
    • ECO 4421 Introduction to Econometrics
    • ECO 4932 or ECO 4933 Topics in Theory
    • ECO 4903 Undergraduate Seminar


    ECO 3410 and ECO 4421 each satisfy the FIU requirement in Computer Competency. ECO 4903 satisfies the requirement in Oral Competency. Enrollment in the undergraduate seminar is usually restricted to students expected to graduate at the end of the semester. Consequently approval of the undergraduate adviser is required to enroll in this course.

    B. Elective Courses for the Major (15 credit hours)

    You must take a minimum of five additional economics courses (courses with codes beginning ECO, ECP or ECS), of which at least two must be from the following list of courses which require an intermediate theory course as a prerequisite: ECO4100, ECO 4224, ECO4237, ECO 4400, ECO 4401, ECO 4504, ECO 4703, ECO 4713, ECO 4934 ECP 4031, ECP 4203, ECP 4204, ECP 4314, ECP4403 ECS4013, ECS4014


    The following courses cannot be used as Elective Courses for the Major: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, ECO 3041, ECO 3202, ECO 3949, ECO 4906, ECO 4949. The university catalog lists many courses that could be used as electives. However, the catalog is not a particularly dynamic document, and many of the courses listed have not been offered in a long time. To get a more up to date picture of electives that might be offered in the near future, click here to see what electives have been offered in recent years.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    FIU Admission Requirements

    Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

    Steps to Apply

    First Year Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores.
    • Official high school transcripts.

    Transfer Students

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application
    • $30 application fee.
    • Official college transcripts.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT, ACT and/or CLT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    International Students

    In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

    • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
    • Official translations of any transcripts, if not in English.
    • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

    Returning Students

    Returning students must meet the current university and degree-specific requirements to be admitted.

    FIU has policies for students who left FIU, please click here for more details.

    Please submit the following:

    • Online application $30 application fee.
    • Updated official transcripts


    Admission Documents

    To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:

    Florida International University Office
    of Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 659003
    Miami, FL 33265-9003

    FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:
    Faster (All FL public institutions)
    Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
    SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records
    *Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

  • Tuition

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  • Top Faculty

    The department's core consists of 17 full-time faculty, who are ably supported by our experienced adjunct and emeritus faculty, our smart and hard-working graduate instructors, and our wonderful staff.

120 Credits Required

235.57 Per Credit Hour (In-State) + Fees

648.87 Per Credit Hour (Out-of-State) + Fees

* Total tuition and fees are subject to change.


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