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Certificate of Graduate Study

Economic Forecasting

Program of Study


This 15-credit certificate program is in conjunction with the Econometric Research Institute. All MA students with the Economic Forecasting concentration are eligible for this certificate. The program is especially useful for professionals engaged in quantitative work for government and business who want to improve their statistical and forecasting skills.

You will have the opportunity to take courses from different schools within the university, such as the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the Massry School of Business and the School of Public Health to accumulate a robust breadth of knowledge and application of skills.

Required Coursework

  • Economic Surveys and Forecasting
  • Quantitative Methods I and II
  • Time Series and Forecasting
  • Forecasting in the Public Sector

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Kajal Lahiri at [email protected].

Applied Learning

Gain professional experience in economic forecasting by completing an internship in a business or government agency. An internship is encouraged but not required for students pursuing this certificate program.

Join one of the many regional, national and international associations that are open to economics students and professionals. Attend seminars hosted by UAlbany's Economics department throughout the year.

Career Outcomes

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Economic Forecasting provides you with the experience and practical knowledge to prepare you for careers in government, finance, business and non-profit organizations.

Our recent career placements include Accenture, Bloomberg News, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, International Monetary Fund, Moody's, Morgan Stanley, New York State Department of Labor, NY State Department of Health, NY State Division of Budget, PriceWaterhouse, Social Security Administration, United Nations Development Programme, Walt Disney, and Wells Fargo.


“The classes take you from theoretical concepts to practical, real-world examples of what's happening in the workplace."

-Donald Stack, MA Economics graduate

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Admissions Requirements
  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: January 1
  • Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
Special Notes

This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

  • Develop statistical skills for quantitative work in government, business and non-profit organizations 
  • Develop advanced forecasting skills for quantitative work in government, business and non-profit organizations 
  • Understand applications of forecasting in other disciplines 
  • Use common software programs to perform analytical data work and present results in written and oral formats 
  • Be able to apply survey methods and time-series models to forecasting tasks