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[New!] Graduate Certificate in Econometrics

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Why You Should Get the Certificate in Econometrics

  • Hands-on research experience using large and diverse data sets, and training in statistical programming, and state-of-the-art econometric modeling.
  • Enhanced prospects of career development both in the public and private sectors.
  • Excellent preparation for graduate study in economics or data sciences using computational modeling of economic decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Econometrics, students will be able to:

  • Use statistical software used to preform large scale data analysis.
  • Distinguish between causal and correlational relationships.
  • Understand difference-in-differences and panel data models and their applications.
  • Understand the use of instrumental variables and regression discontinuity and how they are applied in research.

Certificate Requirements

  • Open to graduate students at Boise State and to non-traditional students from business, industry and government.
  • Thirteen semester hours of coursework completed over one academic year at Boise State.
  • Proficiency in undergraduate multivariate calculus and linear algebra as well as familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, STATA, SAS).
  • Strong aptitude and interest in both econometrics and economic theory.
  • Meet course prerequisites or have the director of graduate studies approval to enroll
  •  B- or better in all courses with a cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or above. No course may be taken more than twice.

Required Courses

Core (10 credits)

  • ECON 501– Math for Economists (2 credits, summer)
  • ECON 521 – Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and Advanced Econometrics (4 credits, fall)
  • ECON 522 – Advanced Econometrics (4 credits, spring)
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Take one from the following course options (3 credits):

  • ECON 511 – Microeconomic Theory 1
  • ECON 512 – Microeconomic Theory 2
  • Graduate economics elective

Total: 13 Hours

Pathway to a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Econometrics can be subsequently counted towards a Boise State master’s degree. Certificate students may apply to either the Master of Economics (M.Ec.) or Master of Science in Economics (M.S.) programs at any time. The graduate certificate can be completed concurrently with their degree program.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Econometrics and later apply to a graduate program in economics at Boise State may submit their certificate in place of GRE scores.

Students admitted to the M.Ec. or M.S. programs in economics at Boise State may complete the Graduate Certificate in Econometrics with their degree program. However, courses that have already been counted toward any degree already awarded (undergraduate or graduate) may not be counted towards the certificate retroactively.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school)
  • Submit the Graduate College application and transcripts.
  • A statement of purpose.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college course work attempted.
  • International students must submit English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores or otherwise satisfy the University’s English language proficiency requirement.
  • A completed course in mathematical statistics and a course in multivariable calculus.

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