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Prerequisites

Prerequisite FAQs To be eligible for the Certificate Program, students must complete a series of prerequisite and corequisite 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 and corequisite courses in either or both schools.

Those interested in the Financial Economics Certificate must take upper-level prerequisite and corequisite courses in four subject areas:

Prerequisites:

  1. Calculus and Linear Algebra 
  2. Microeconomics

Corequisites:

  1. Probability
  2. Econometrics
Detailed FE prerequisite course options can be found here.

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

Prerequisites:

  1. Calculus and Linear Algebra
  2. Microeconomics

Corequisites:

  1. Probability
  2. Econometrics/Statistics
  3. 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.

Additionally, some of the Program corequisites are prerequisites for specific Certificate Program courses.  Students should familiarize themselves with the course prerequisites, which can be found on the FE prerequisite course and MA prerequisite course pages.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Is there a minimum overall GPA or prerequisite GPA required?
A: Students are encouraged to have an overall "B" average in prerequisite courses.  The middle 50% of students admitted to the Certificate Program in Spring 2019 had combined prerequisite and corequisite GPAs between 3.3 and 3.8.

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 and corequisite classes?
A: All but two prerequisite & corequisite 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: When do I need to complete the prerequisite courses?
A: Students must complete the prerequisite courses prior to the Winter Quarter of the year in which they apply to the program.  In other words, grades from all of the prerequisite courses must be available for review by the end of Fall quarter and available for review in January..


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