This program combines the disciplines of economics and finance to equip students with the skills to understand and apply economic theory to real world problems specifically in understanding the impact of developmental policies on shaping expectations and risk orientation or attitudes of consumer and firms, imperfections in the financial markets and asset valuation. Taking advantage of the strong complementarity between finance and economics, students are expected to: understand the importance of formal economic and econometric modeling frameworks and strategies emphasizing on the increasingly dominant role of mathematics and logic, achieve effective communication in conveying the essential aspects of economic policy and its implications through applied research, develop problem solving skills needed for business and integrate the core La Sallian values to transform oneself into a vital resource for God and country. Students under this program will also lear n practical and technical skills required in understanding the conduct of financial markets, their relation to the macroeconomy and practical aspects of financial institution management, an important functional area in practical business management.
It takes 12 trimesters and 1 summer term to finish the program. To successfully complete the program, students should be able to hurdle 219 units of formal academic coursework as well as comply with the academic requirements set by the two departments. Aside from this academic requirement, students will take up 12 units of non-academic subjects mainly in the interest of enabling a wholistic student development. Students in this program need to write two independent theses and undertake separate practicum work that conform with standards prescribed by each department. Students are also required to undertake practicum work in any private corporation or government entity and must demonstrate research ability by writing a research paper. Three course electives in economics designed for those who belong to the applied economics track as well as specialized finance elective courses are required.