Certificate in Applied Economics

In this 18-credit certificate, students learn microeconomic and macroeconomic principles and apply them to areas such as financial, international, and labor markets. The certificate is designed for students whose goal is to apply economic ideas and theories to answer questions in a wide range of fields and professions such as the government, education, non-profit and banking sectors. Applying economic ideas in a professional setting does not require a rigorous theoretical or quantitative component. The certificate allows for flexibility based on student interests and allows students to take special topics courses if they are offered.


Applicants must meet all graduate admission requirements. Students who are not enrolled in a graduate program at Valparaiso University must apply as graduate non-degree seeking students. Students may transfer up to three credits from a different institution, subject to the graduate academic transfer policy. Transfer credit is reviewed and approved by the certificate advisor.

Required Courses (12 credits)
ECON 501Theory and Applications in Microeconomics3 cr
ECON 502Theory and Applications in Macroeconomics3 cr
ECON 538Economics of Financial Markets3 cr
ECON 623International Economics3 cr
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Two courses approved by certificate advisor