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 Information

Next Start

January 2024

Program Format

8-week courses, 5 terms year-round

Program Length

2 years, 60 units

Cost Per Unit

$450 · Financial aid and scholarships available

Application Deadlines

November 15 for Spring · April 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.

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.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must fulfill our general SJSU Online requirements and must have completed courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Visit the Economics catalog webpage for a full list of required transfer courses.

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 and macroeconomic concepts.

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

  • Produce an original study using an economic research method.



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Advance Your Career

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.

Economists in the Bay Area earn an average annual salary of $119,000 and an upper range of $214,000, according to Glassdoor.

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

Expert Faculty and Diverse Classmates

Learn about the expertise of our Economics faculty and how our program is enabling students from all walks of life to accomplish their goals.

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