Economics, BA

The world's challenges are becoming more complex than ever before and demand economic leaders with strong decision making and communication skills. Our online Bachelor of Arts in Economics will prepare you to meet these needs.

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Program Summary


Bachelor of Arts

Program Length

2 years

Program Units


Cost Per Unit

$450 · Financial aid and scholarships available

Application Deadlines

December 1 for Spring · May 1 for Summer · July 15 for Fall

Become a Versatile Economist

Economics is a social science that studies human behavior, markets, organizations, and many aspects of human social life. The economic way of thinking provides a unique perspective that is increasingly in demand by employers across many sectors.

Quality Bachelor's Degree

Our Bachelor’s in Economics is located in our SJSU College of Social Sciences. The courses are designed and taught by our renowned SJSU faculty, which means that you will earn the same quality degree as all of our SJSU graduates and have the same opportunity to proudly cross the stage during your SJSU commencement ceremony.

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Convenient Program Structure

We know that you're balancing several priorities, so we've designed this program to provide you with the flexibility you need to complete your bachelor's degree.

  • Apply on a rolling basis for a fall, spring or summer start.

  • Maximize the number of credits you transfer to minimize your time to completion.

  • Enroll in classes year-round during five, eight-week terms.

  • Participate in classes on your own time, as well as during scheduled weeknights and weekends.

  • Engage with your faculty and classmates on a regular basis.

Our Admissions

Valuable Learning Experiences

In addition to completing economic theory and methods courses, you will also develop an ability to effectively communicate economic ideas both verbally and in writing through several of your courses, including a History of Economic Thought course. Additional learning experiences include:

  • Use verbal, written, graphical, and mathematical methods to demonstrate microeconomic concepts such as incentives, opportunity cost, supply and demand.

  • Use verbal, written, graphical, and mathematical methods to demonstrate macroeconomic concepts such as comparative advantage, GDP, and unemployment.

  • Understand the similarities and differences between qualitative and quantitative economic research methods.

  • Produce an original study using an economic research method.

Diverse Career Outcomes

Through the program, you will receive training in economic thinking and theories, decision making, and analytical skills; and also develop a wide range of knowledge from global financial systems to economic history.

Completing this program will prepare you for a wide range of careers - from industry to nonprofit to the public sector -  and can prepare you for an MBA or law degree.

More Career Outcomes

With SJSU Online, you can – and you will.

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Apply Now for Spring 2023!

Our rolling admissions cycle for the Spring 2023 term is open until December 1, 2022. Complete your application via the Cal State Apply website.

Career Possibilities

Graduates of our program utilize their training in economic thinking and theories, decision making, and analytical skills and apply their wide range of knowledge from global financial systems to economic history towards a wide range of careers. Take a look at some of the top sectors, top companies, and examples of job titles of our alumni, according to LinkedIn.

Top Sectors

  • Accounting
  • Business development
  • Community and social services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Sales

Top Companies

  • Adobe
  • Apple
  • Cisco
  • City of San José
  • County of Santa Clara
  • Ernst and Young
  • Google
  • Oracle
  • Salesforce
  • SJSU

Job Titles

  • Business development representative
  • Complex risk officer
  • Data analyst
  • Human resources officer
  • International trade specialist
  • Product specialist
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Senior recruiting manager
  • Technology support consultant
  • Transportation planner

Join our Spartan Alumni Network

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By completing your bachelor's degree with SJSU Online, you will also become part of our extensive network of more than 275,000 SJSU alumni who are located throughout the Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world. According to LinkedIn, more than 5000 of those alumni have studied economics.

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