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Economics | Gender Analysis in Economics Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Gender Analysis in Economics

The Gender Analysis in Economics graduate certificate program is a one-year course of study focused on the application of gender analysis to different fields of economic analysis, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics, public finance, development, and international trade and investment. The certificate is targeted at professional economists, researchers, consultants, advocates and government officials who have a master's degree in economics, or an equivalent degree or coursework. It prepares graduate students and professionals for careers in higher education, U.S. and international research institutions, and government agencies that require economic analysis from a gendered perspective.

American University is the first university in the U.S. to have a program on gender analysis in economics (PGAE). The PGAE differs from other gender-related graduate programs by presenting a gender-focused yet economics-based curriculum. It has three distinct features:

  • It emphasizes conceptual, modeling, and empirical skills widely used in economic analysis.
  • It develops a gender perspective on economic analysis in contrast to the traditional approach of treating gender as one discrete sub-topic within another economics field, such as labor or development.
  • It enlarges the scope of analysis to be global and comparative by drawing on literature from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the post-socialist world, as well as OECD countries.

Admission to Program

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

  • ECON-600 Microeconomics
  • ECON-601 Macroeconomics
  • ECON-623 Applied Econometrics I

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 Web site 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. 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

  • ECON-674 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-675 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Macroeconomics (3) 
  • 3 credit hours of economics electives from the following: 
  • ECON-541 Public Economics (3) 
  • ECON-551 Comparative Economic Systems (3) 
  • ECON-552 Economics of Transition (3) 
  • ECON-658 Economics of World Regions (3) (topics)
  • ECON-673 Labor Economics (3) 
  • ECON-579 Environmental Economics (3) 
  • ECON-620 Economic Thought (3) 
  • ECON-630 Monetary Economics (3) 
  • ECON-631 Financial Economics (3) 
  • ECON-634 Development Finance and Banking (3) 
  • ECON-662 Development Microeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-663 Development Macroeconomics (3) 
  • ECON-665 Project Evaluation in Developing Countries (3) 
  • ECON-670 Survey of International Economics (3) 
  • 6 credit hours of non-economics electives from the following: 
  • ANTH-635 Race Gender and Social Justice (3) 
  • GOVT-683 Women, Politics and Public Policy (3) 
  • GOVT-686 Feminist Political Theory (3) 
  • JLS-615 Law and Human Rights 
  • PHIL-616 Feminist Philosophy (3) 
  • SIS-533 Population, Migration, and Development (3) 
  • WGST-600 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Theory (3) 
  • 3 credit hours in a capstone or a research methods course from the following:  
  • ECON-624 Econometrics II (3) 
  • ECON-690 Independent Study (3) 
  • SIS-634 Field Survey Research Methods (3)

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