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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 tracking 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.  Receiving a letter grade below a “B” in any individual course is acceptable, as long as the overall average of all your prerequisite courses is 3.0 or higher.

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.

Certificate Program for Undergraduates
Kellogg School of Management
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Evanston, IL 60208-2800
847.467.4600