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Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

About the Program

Format: Online
Credit Hours: 18
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring

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

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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 an accredited college or university.
  2. Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale
  3. Completed courses in calculus, statistics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics (intermediate level micro and macro courses are strongly preferred) with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the required courses.
  4. Submit an up to date resume detailing both education and work experience. While work experience is not required, relevant experience may be considered in the admissions process.

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

Application Deadlines

The deadline for completed applications for fall semester admission is May 1st with decisions being made on or before June 1st. Applications for the spring semester are due by October 1st with decisions being made on or before October 15th. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.



Priority: March 15*

Final: July 15*


Priority: October 1*

Final: November 15*


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.

Program Contact Information

Parker College of Business Graduate Programs Office

Last updated: 1/12/2024