Certificate in Applied Economics-New Program Announcement!


Kate Menzies

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College of Business & Public Administration


In the fall 2018 semester, the College of Business & Public Administration will add a new certificate to its graduate program offerings. The Certificate in Applied Economics was recently approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and contains 12 credits. It promises to be an exciting learning opportunity for students who wish to gain knowledge in theoretical economics, as well as data analytics skills.

This graduate-level certificate program consists of courses such as Math of Economists, Advanced Price Theory, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory, and Econometrics.

“Courses in this program are designed with an applied focus. This way, knowledge learned in the program can transcend a variety of industries and occupations,” said MSAE Program Director, Dr. Chih Ming Tan. “This program is perfect for those who may not wish to commit to a master’s program, but wish to gain valuable skills in economics and data analytics.”

Students who wish to continue their knowledge in this field after completing the certificate program can transfer the 12 credits of certificate coursework into the Master of Science in Applied Economics program.

The Certificate in Applied Economics will train students to be proficient in data analytics/econometrics packages, as well as statistical programming language. The program will also teach students how to disseminate economic data in a way that is understandable to a variety of constituents.

The hybrid course delivery allows distance and campus students to attend courses live during their set times. Class lectures are also recorded to accommodate students who prefer a more asynchronous learning experience.

In today’s marketplace, data analytics skills are in high demand. The US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment for economists will increase by 6.3 percent from 2016-2026. Additionally, the positions of market research analysts and marketing specialists will increase 23.2 percent by the year 2026.

The Certificate in Applied Economics will compliment this budding industry well. As Dr. Tan said, “The Certificate in Applied Economics program will give students the tools they need to be competitive in an ever-changing marketplace.”

The program is currently accepting applications for the fall 2018 semester. The application can be found at http://graduateschool.und.edu/future-students/my-gradspace.cfm. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Graduate Admissions Officer/Advisor Kate Menzies at kate.menzies@und.edu.