Certificate in Financial Economics Requirements

The economics department has extensive course breadth and faculty expertise in the area of financial economics. By completing a specialized set of electives, majors can earn the "Certificate in Financial Economics." This will be a permanent notation on your academic record.  

The requirements for the milestone “Certificate in Financial Economics” are listed below:

  1. Complete a total of 10 economics courses (versus 9 classes for the major).
  2. The required math and core economics classes are the same as in the major:  Econ 1011, Econ 1021, Econ 413 (or Econ 413W), Econ 4011, Econ 4021, Math 131, Math 132, Math 2200, and Econ 493 or Math 233.
  3. Of the five electives required for the Certificate (vs. 4 for the major), a minimum of three electives must come from the following list:  
  • Econ 3311:  Financial Markets & Analysis
  • Econ 335:  Money & Banking
  • Econ 428:   Capital Market Imperfections & Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Econ 429:  Decision Under Risk & Time
  • Econ 4301:  Understanding Financial Crises
  • Econ 435:  Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • Econ 437:    The Economics of Financial Intermediation
  • Econ 477:  Topics in Financial Economics: Asset Pricing
  • Econ 477:    Topics in Financial Economics:  Investments  

Next Steps

Majors interested in completing the Certificate in Financial Economics should complete the following declaration form.  Majors are encouraged to complete the form as early as possible, and the form must be completed no later than the deadline to file the Intent to Graduate: Oct. 1 for Fall graduates; Dec. 20 for Spring graduates; August 1 for Summer graduates.      

Certificate in Financial Economics Declaration Form