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Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE)

The Department of Economics at American University in Washington DC is the first US University to offer a Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE). In addition to the Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics detailed below, PGAE also encompasses:

  • Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics: Students who are interested in the MA Degree in Economics can take the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics, which involves 9 credit hours of core gender-related courses in economics and in feminist theory, 12 hours of economics core courses, and 15 additional credit hours of approved course electives.
  • Gender Analysis in Economics field in the PhD Program: Gender Analysis in Economics is one of the applied fields a doctoral student in the PhD program can choose. Depending on their background, students may apply to the PhD program directly after completing either a BA or MA degree. If a student who has already completed either the Graduate Certificate on Gender Analysis in Economics or the Gender Analysis in Economics track in the MA in Economics is accepted into the PhD program, up to 36 credit hours can be counted toward the PhD.

Gender Analysis in Economics (Graduate Certificate)

Offered by the Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, this certificate program is focused on the application of gender analysis to different fields of economics, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics, public finance, development, and international trade and investment, among others. It prepares graduate students and professionals for careers in higher education, domestic and international research institutions, and government agencies that require economic analysis from a gendered perspective.

A hybrid option of this certificate is also available. Students would complete 9 credit hours of on-campus coursework during the first semester of the certificate, and 6 credit hours of online coursework during the second semester of the certificate, which may be during the summer term. F-1 and J-1 student participation in the hybrid program is strictly regulated by the US government. F-1 and J-1 students must leave the US at the completion of the first semester to stay in compliance with the US federal regulations. 

Admission to Program

Open to students and professionals who have an MA in Economics or the equivalent, or have completed the following prerequisites:

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at or above the 600-level, with grades of C or better. 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

Required (6 credit hours)

Electives (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from the following:

Capstone or Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following: