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Prerequisites

Prerequisite FAQs To be eligible for the Certificate Program, students must complete several prerequisite courses.  Most of these courses are offered in both the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prospective students may take the prerequisite courses in either or both schools.

Those interested in the Financial Economics Certificate must take upper-level prerequisite courses in four subject areas:
  1. Calculus and Linear Algebra
  2. Probability
  3. Econometrics
  4. Microeconomics

Detailed FE prerequisite course options can be found here.

Students interested in the Managerial Analytics Certificate must take upper-level prerequisite courses in five subject areas:

  1. Calculus and Linear Algebra
  2. Probability
  3. Econometrics/Statistics
  4. Microeconomics
  5. Optimization

Detailed MA prerequisite course options can be found here.

Many of the Certificate Program prerequisites have prerequisites of their own, so advanced planning is important.  For more information, review the prerequisite chain chart, consult the Northwestern Undergraduate Catalog or contact the appropriate academic department.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Is there a minimum overall GPA or prerequisite GPA required?
A: Students are required to have a combined 3.0 average among all Certificate Program prerequisite courses in order to apply. It is acceptable to receive below a “B” in any individual prerequisite course, but the average of the courses must be at least 3.0 to be considered for admission.

Q: Do you give preference to students who have taken honors-track prerequisite classes?
A: Equal consideration is given to students who have taken honors and non-honors courses, although we recognize that taking honors courses may have an impact on students' grades. Students may mix and match honors and non-honors courses.

Q: In which school should I take my prerequisite classes?
A: All but two prerequisite courses are offered in both the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences and McCormick School of Engineering. Students may choose to take courses in either or both schools, depending on their major and/or class schedule.

Q: Do I have to complete all prerequisites before I apply during Winter Quarter?
A: No. You have until the end of Spring Quarter to complete all prerequisite courses. As a rule, admission decisions are based on winter quarter grades. Students who are accepted into the program and are still taking courses during the spring must receive a "B" or better in those courses in order to enter the program in the fall.

Certificate Program for Undergraduates
Kellogg School of Management
555 Clark Street, Lower Level
Evanston, IL 60208-2800
847.467.4600