Economics, BA

Are you interested in a career in economic policy that contributes to Central Asia's growth and development? Do you aspire to be a socially impactful entrepreneur? Are you interested in the analytical tools that firms use to make business decisions? Do you want to help find solutions to global economic challenges, such as poverty, rising inequality, and environmental degradation? If so, UCA's Economics programme is for you.

UCA aims to train economists who are strategic thinkers and can serve as effective researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and practical analysts who can apply the tools of economics to understand the complexities of Central Asian and global economies. There is a wide range of future career options in many sectors. Economists work for governments and in the business sector, as well as a variety of non-government and international organisations.

UCA’s Economics programme offers a variety of courses suited to the needs of students with a broad range of interests. Students begin the programme by learning core economic theory and quantitative methods, and use it in the study of different fields of economics such as business economics, economic development, entrepreneurship, international economics and environmental economics.

The curriculum is designed in collaboration with the National Research University's Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia.

You will have access to the University's Institute of Public Policy and Administration, which fosters rigorous inquiry into public policy related to socio-economic development in Central Asia and has strong partnerships with government ministries across the region. UCA Economics Programme is practice-based, enabling you to study and experience the inextricable link between entrepreneurship and economic development through internships and other opportunities.

Meet UCA’s Economics Faculty

Brahim Fezzani
Bernard Musyck
Anwar Naseem
Jakub Polansky
Mirzobobo Yormirzoev

Core Curriculum

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Economies of Central Asia

Specialised Courses

  • Development Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Agricultural Policy, Trade and Development
  • Economics of Labor and Migration
  • Sustainable Development
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Accounting
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Economic History and History of Economic Thought
  • Institutional Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Game Theory
  • International Economics: Trade Theory and Policy
  • International Monetary Economics

* Courses are subject to change.


You will acquire the following professional skills:

  • Ability to understand complex economic and social phenomena through models and theory
  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data to understand relationships between economic variables
  • Analyse factors determining business performance, company value and the inter-relationship between capital, labor and technology in Central Asian markets
  • Effective communication skills to convey a variety of concepts to a wide audience
  • Critically assess a host of development challenges by asking relevant researchable questions and providing evidence for possible policy interventions

Career Pathways

Your minor complements your major area of study, enriching your skill set and knowledge base, making you an all-rounded candidate for any future employer.

  • Private sector
  • Banking
  • Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Government
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • International Organisations
  • Academics and Research
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