Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics (GCAE) will allow students to meet the SACSCOC faculty credentials requirement of 18 graduate hours in the economics, without completing the 30 hours required for the Online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE). The GCAE program objective is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in theoretical and applied economics. After completing the nine credit core, students have a choice of courses that provide skills in market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, financial economics and economic development. These capabilities represent a unique combination of skills that are needed within society.
The GCAE provides professionals with the opportunity to continue their education while maintaining full-time employment, wherever they may be located in the U.S.A., Canada, and U.S. Military Installations. Our program is fully accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Our classes are small, and typically have from 8-15 students per class. The online program provides you the following benefits:

  1. Schedule and location flexibility (virtually anywhere, anytime)
  2. One to two year curriculum
  3. Program accredited by AACSB, ensuring the quality you expect
  4. Engage in simulations, discussions and multimedia presentations
  5. No on-campus visit is required
  6. Courses designed and taught by Georgia Southern University faculty
Program Contact Information:

Phone: (912) 478-5767

REGULAR Admission Requirements
Admission into the Master of Science in Applied Economics program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission students must satisfy the following requirements:

    1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally 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, intermediate level macroeconomics, and intermediate level 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
    5. Completed Math for Applied Economics (ECON   7130) with a minimum grade of “C”.

    Students who apply by the deadlines below and meet the first four requirements will be conditionally admitted and given the opportunity to take Math for Applied Economics. The Math for Applied Economics requirement will be waived upon demonstration of current proficiency in algebra and calculus. Contact the Program Director for details. The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

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

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA.(


Applicants may be admitted on a provisional basis based upon the evaluation of their application materials. Provisional admission is for applicants who do not satisfy regular admission requirements or applicants who require pre-requisite coursework prior to entering the program.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for completed applications for fall semester admissions is July 1st with decisions being made on or before June 1st. Applications for spring semester are due by October 1st. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the program director.

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Certificate Title: Applied Economics
CIP Code: 45060200
Major Code: CERG
Hours: 18

Title IV Eligibility: Yes
Loan Debt: *NA

Median Graduation Rate: *NA

Placement Rate: *NA
On-time Program Costs: Tuition and Fees
*In accordance with FERPA policy, information for academic programs with 10 or fewer students who complete is not disclosed

Certificate in Applied Economics
Fall Spring Summer
Priority Deadline  March 15*  October 1* Does Not Admit
Final Deadline May 1* November 1* Does Not Admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 5/13/2019

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 •