Applied Economics Certificate (Online)

Certificate Requirements: 18 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

The graduate Certificate in Applied Economics is designed to provide students with analytical capabilities in theoretical and applied economics.  In addition, students who complete the certificate will meet the SACSCOC faculty credentials requirement of 18 graduate hours in economics, without completing the 30 hours required for the Online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program. Applicants must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies as Regular admission students.

Regular Admission

Admission into the Applied Economics Certificate program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale
  3. Competitive GRE scores
  4. Completed courses in calculus, statistics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in these courses

The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for completed applications are as follows:

                   Fall                  Spring                     Summer

Final          July 15         November 15          Does not admit

Admission to the program is competitive and decisions are made shortly after a complete application has been received.  Since seats are filled as decisions are made, applicants are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible so that there is enough time to address any application deficiencies well ahead of the final deadline.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Required Courses12
Math for Applied Economics
History of Economic Thought
Select two of the following courses:6
International Economics
Applied Econometrics I
Applied Econometrics II
Economic Forecasting
Regional Economic Development
Industrial Organization
Advanced Financial Economics
Financial Economics and Risk
Health Economics
Behavioral Economics
Applied Dynamic Optimization
Total Credit Hours18

Parker Graduate Academic Intervention Policy

Graduate business students who are placed on academic probation by the university will be placed on Academic Intervention by the Parker College of Business until they are no longer on probation. Within 30 days of being notified by the Registrar’s office or Graduate School, the student must complete and submit the Parker Graduate Academic Improvement Plan (PGAIP) form to his/her program advisor. The form requires students to identify the top two factors contributing to their academic difficulty and then requires them to list two specific actions that they will take during the next semester to address those factors. Next, the form requires students to determine the actions that are required to return to good academic standing. The form is reviewed by the program advisor who will meet with the student if necessary.  The student’s progress on the PGAIP will guide the program when making decisions on academic exclusion or appeal for reinstatement. Failure to complete the PGAIP form will weigh negatively toward the program’s decision to support a reinstatement appeal.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)