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Our 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Applied Economic Analysis gives you an advantage in the workforce by training you in the quantitative analytic skills that employers value. 

Over the next decade, the outlook for economists indicates the profession will grow 22 percent in Montana and 13 percent nationwide -- faster than the average for all occupations.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

About the program

Our Graduate Certificate in Applied Economic Analysis provides advanced training in econometrics and data analysis tools to increase professional training beyond a baccalaureate degree. 
This 12-credit graduate certificate may be completed by advanced undergraduate students by setting aside graduate course credit. There is no paper or thesis requirement. After obtaining the graduate certificate, students may choose to apply to our M.S. in Applied Economics program, thus enhancing their credentials. Graduate credits earned in the certificate can be transferred into the M.S., allowing advanced undergraduate students to fast-track into a graduate program.*
This program is geared towards:
  • Current advanced MSU undergraduates who want to add graduate level skills while simultaneously completing their undergraduate degree
  • Professionals and MSU employees interested in graduate level economics courses, without the full commitment of a thesis-based master's program.  A certificate provides a clearer market signal than simply enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.
  • Graduate students in other quantitative fieldsat MSU who would like to add economics or econometric analysis to their analytic toolkit.
*Students should note that the Certificate is not funded by the department, but students may use any scholarships they have received towards completion of the program. 


  • Intermediate Microeconomics or Macroeconomics Theory
  • Econometrics or regression analysis equivalent
  • Calculus I and II
  • 3.25 GPA in required courses


12 credits. Each course is three credits and students must complete four courses total:

  • ECNS 560: Advanced Data Analytics for Economics
  • ECNS 561: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECNS 562: Econometrics II
  • Elective course: ECNS 502 (Macroeconomic Theory) or ECNS 503 (Microeconomic Theory)

Sample Plan for Undergraduate Students

  • Junior Year (Spring): ECNS 502 Macroeconomic Theory  +  12 undergraduate credits
  • Senior Year (Fall): ECNS 460 Advanced Data Analytics for Economics + ECNS 561 Econometrics I + 12 undergraduate credits
  • Senior Year (Spring):  ECNS 562 Econometrics II + 12 other undergraduate credits


Students may not double-count courses for their undergraduate and graduate programs. Must obtain a grade of B or better in all coursework to be counted toward the certificate.


Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economic Analysis program is performed on a rolling basis with applications reviewed year-round. 

Interested in a Master's Degree?
Visit our M.S. in Applied Economics page.