Individuals equipped with the skills enabling them to use real-world data to answer fundamental research questions in economics, business, and policy analysis are in high demand in today’s economy.  The Graduate Certificate in Applied Econometrics & Data Analytics provides students with a strong graduate-level foundation in modern applied econometrics and quantitative analysis.  The curriculum goes beyond mere number crunching, and includes hands-on research experience in applied econometrics, exposure to large and diverse data sets, and training in statistical programing, causal inference, and the implementation and interpretation of state-of-the-art econometric models.  The certificate is designed to both enhance career development in the public and private sectors, and to provide a springboard towards pursuing further graduate degrees.

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate in Applied Econometrics & Data Analytics requires the completion of 12 semester hours of coursework.  All courses for the certificate must be taken at CU Denver.

Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites or have the director of graduate studies approval to enroll in a graduate level course.  A grade of B- or better is required 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

ECON 5030 – Data Analysis with SAS
ECON 5813 – Econometrics I
ECON 5823 – Econometrics II
ECON 6053/6054 – Seminar in Applied Economics (3 credits)

Total: 12 Hours

A Stepping Stone to a Gradaute Degree

The courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Econometrics & Data Analytics are a module of core courses for the ECON M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. programs.  Graduate level ECON credit counted towards the Graduate Certificate may be subsequently counted towards a CU Denver graduate degree in Economics.  Certificate students may apply to a gradaute program in economics at any time.  

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Econometrics & Data Analytics and later apply to one of the graduate programs in economics at CU Denver may submit their certificate in place of GRE scores and letters of recommendation.

Students admitted to the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs in economics at CU Denver may complete the graduate certificate concurrently with their degree program.  However, courses that have already been counted towards any degree already awarded (undergraduate or graduate) may not be counted towards the certificate retroactively.

International students admitted to the certificate program may be eligible for a student visa.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Graduate Certificate in Applied Econometrics & Data Analytics, students will be able to: 

  1. Use statistical software used to preform large scale data analysis.
  2. Distinguish between causal and correlational relationships.
  3. Understand the fundamentals of the potential outcomes framework, randomized experiments, natural experiments, and matching techniques.
  4. Understand difference-in-differences and panel data models and their applications.
  5. Understand the use of instrumental variables and regression discontinuity and how they are applied in research.

Admission Requirements

  • Students may be enrolled as a CU Denver graduate student in any discipline, or as UC-Denver non-degree seeking student with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Meet all general admission requirements of the Graduate School (including a 3.0 undergraduate grade-point average).
  • Submit official or unofficial transcripts from the program from which you earned a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have completed courses in Calculus and Introduction to Econometrics (ECON 4811), or equivalent coursework.
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores or otherwise satisfy the University’s English Language Proficiency requirement.