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Economics | Applied Microeconomics Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Applied Microeconomics

The certificate program in applied microeconomics is designed for individuals seeking to advance their education while working full-time. Students complete 18 credit hours of approved graduate work, which can later be transferred into degree programs. Most classes are offered in the evenings.


Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Applicants must submit their official transcripts along with a one page statement of purpose. For international students whose native language is not English and who do not possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution: applicants need TOEFL test scores of at least 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a Pearson Test of English score of at least 68, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process and applications are accepted at all times. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions Website for additional information.


Certificate Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better 
  • Course work includes 9 credit hours of core requirements and 9 credit hours of electives. Prerequisite credit does not count toward the certificate. All courses must be taken for grades (the pass/fail option is not permitted). Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

  • ECON-300 Intermediate Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-301 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3) 
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) 

Waiver of these prerequisites may be granted for qualified persons with comparable prior education or experience. 

Core (9 credit hours)

  • ECON-600 Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-505 Introduction to Mathematical Economics (3) 
  • ECON-623 Applied Econometrics I (3) 

Electives (9 credit hours)

  • 9 credit hours from the following: 
  • ECON-541 Public Economics (3) 
  • ECON-546 Industrial Economics (3) 
  • ECON-547 Economics of Antitrust and Regulation (3) 
  • ECON-579 Environmental Economics (3) 
  • ECON-630 Monetary Economics (3) 
  • ECON-633 Financial Economics (3) 
  • ECON-662 Development Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-665 Project Evaluation in Developing
    Countries (3) 
  • ECON-671 International Economics: Trade (3) 
  • ECON-672 International Economics: Finance (3) 
  • ECON-673 Labor Economics (3)
  • ECON-674 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis:
    Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON-675 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis:
    Macroeconomics (3)
  • Other approved electives may be substituted with departmental approval