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Bachelor of Arts (Economics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Become a leader of the future

Succeed as a professional in the private for-profit, not-for-profit or public sector with a Massey BA (Economics).

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What is it like?

Economics at Massey is ranked in the top 250 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Get skills for your personal and professional development

There's much more to economics than you might think. With a BA (Economics) at Massey, you will look at how businesses decide what to produce and how many people to employ, investigate how people decide what to consume, and learn about big-picture world economics. Economics is concerned with how to allocate scarce resources to competing ends, and you will get a good understanding of the implications of the choices made.

A BA (Economics) degree from Massey will help you in your own decision-making, and in better understanding developments in the economy and society in general. It offers ways of thinking about the world that let you make the best of what you have, and improve on it.

Take a flexible approach to your degree

Massey's BA (Economics) gives you flexibility in the subjects you study. You will gain a strong grounding in the core elements of micro- and macro-economics. You will build on this by choosing from a selection of other subjects (electives), including quantitative methods, international economics, international trade in agri-food products, natural resource and environmental economics, land economics and development economics.

Be sought-after by employers

Massey's economics programme has been acknowledged by employers for its quality and content. When you complete your degree, you can join our graduates with jobs in prestigious organisations in New Zealand and around the world. Our graduates are sought-after by major public and private sector employers.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in the effects the economy has on our everyday life, culture and the environment
  • Want to figure out how to make the world a better place
  • Want a strong grounding in economics to take into the workplace


The skills and knowledge of trained economists are highly sought-after by the public and private sector, large and small firms, large international agencies, schools and universities, economic policy-makers and social organisations.

You might work as any of the following:

  • Agricultural economist
  • Business analyst
  • Economic consultant
  • Energy research officer
  • Environmental economist
  • Health economist
  • International economist
  • Microeconomics analyst

Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the World Bank all recruit economics graduates. But your BA (Economics) can also be the gateway to employment in many other areas, such as management, planning, politics, education, finance and banking, journalism or the media. You can design your economics major to meet your own interests and career objectives.

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