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Department of Economics

Tenniel Chu is not only an international golf executive, he's also an Economics grad.

Tenniel Chu (B.A., 1999) completed a degree in economics at the University of Toronto and then set out to conquer the world of athletics. After graduation he worked at U.S. PGA headquarters in Florida and is now the Vice Chairman of Mission Hills group, operating golf resorts in China. See more about Tenniel here.

What do employers value about Department of Economics graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 93% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $50,934/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Economics alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication in these industries: 

  • Finance 
  • Research 
  • Sales 
  • Education 
  • Consulting 
  • Operations 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Information Technology 
  • Marketing 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Government and Public Policy

graduate or professional school

An Economics degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Economics 
  • Finance 
  • Business Administration 
  • Statistics 
  • Mathematics 
  • Law 
  • Education 
  • Public Policy

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. Prior groups have explored the work environment of analysts and researchers at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Pursue opportunities to study abroad through exchange, summer abroad, internships and service learning. Visit the Centre for International Experience for more information. 

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline.  

Attend workshops and events hosted by the Economics Students' Union to build your connections.

Test your skills analyzing and forecasting developments in the Canadian economy in the Bank of Canada Governor’s Challenge.

Gain hands-on experience in research and data analysis in fourth year courses for majors and specialists.

Take advantage of help at the student-run Study Centre or gain experience by working as a peer mentor.

Build research experience through the Research Opportunities Program.

Submit your work for publication in the student journal.