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Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

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

Meet SACSCOC Faculty Credentials Requirements with an Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

About the GCAE

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics (GCAE) allows students to meet the SACSCOC faculty credentials requirement of 18 graduate hours in economics, without completing the 30 hours required for the 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. Our classes are small and typically have from 8-15 students per class.

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To ease the hardship that many of our applicants are currently experiencing, the Certificate in Applied Economics program has decided to “relax” the GRE requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although GRE now provides online testing, we will not, until further notice, require GRE scores to “complete” an application. If you meet all the prerequisite course requirements and have a strong academic record, excluding GRE scores will have no effect on your application review and/or the admission decision. Some applications, however, might benefit from a sound GRE performance. Please email if you will not be submitting GRE scores.

Advantages of the Online GCAE

  • Small class sizes, typically 8–15 students
  • Schedule and location flexibility (virtually anywhere, anytime)
  • One-to-two year curriculum
  • Simulations, discussions and multimedia presentations
  • No on-campus visit required
  • Courses designed and taught by Georgia Southern University faculty

Get Started on an Online GCAE!

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Last updated: 5/22/2023