Economics Department SAS Certificate

Students can earn a SAS Certificate of Completion in Economic Data Analytics

"Congratulations! Because of your hard work you have been awarded the SASLogo100KEconomic Data Analytics Certificate of Completion, jointly sponsored by the SAS Institute and the Department of Economics."  This may be the first line of your award letter if you qualify.  The jointly offered certificate is based on your successful completion of the economics major core coursework in data analytics along with economic theory at either the undergraduate of graduate level.  Every honoree will also successfully complete a major research study using SAS as the primary tool of their data analytics.

In this way the Department of Economics is preparing economists with strong econometrics and programming skills in SAS to be data scientists, ready to serve and lead business, governmental and not-profit institutions with their data analytic needs.

Importance of Economic Analysis to Data Science

Economists are unique in their approach to data analytics due to their unique training.  They are story tellers, they are able to articulate problems and to take a rigorous approach to the solution of those problems.  They understand the importance to understand the question: "why?"  Economists own causality and understand observational data, some are even said to be obsessed with the data generating process.  Economists have a a strong linear regression toolkit and are well familiar with the processes that push beyond that level of rigor.  Economists understand minimizing and maximizing of objective functions under constraint.

Read more:  Economists in Data Analytics

Bachelors and Graduate Students are Eligible

Successful completion of the following course work will qualify our student for the joint certificate in Economic Data Analytics.  A minimum of 12 credits, at least two courses that use SAS extensively and the writing of a major research paper (either a Senior Project or a Graduate Job Market Paper) must be verified by the department.

B.A. and B.S.L.E. Degree Tracks

  • 3250:226 Computer Skills for Economic Analysis
  • 3250:426 Econometrics
  • 3250:410 Intermediate Microeconomics OR 3250:400 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • 3250:434 OR 3250:497 in which a Senior Research Paper using SAS is completed.

M.A. in Economics

  • 3250:626 Applied Econometrics I
  • 3250:627 Applied Econometrics II
  • 3250:610 Microeconomics OR 3250:601 Macroeconomics
  • 3250:528 Economic Forcasting OR 3250:620 Mathematical Economics OR another elective
  • Job Market Paper written using SAS in the second Applied Econometric course

SAS / UA Memorandum of Understanding

See a copy of the SAS Certificate