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Undergraduate Certificate Institutional Economics

Institutional economics studies the connection between emerging parts of an economy, a society and related economic results. Students completing the Certificate in Institutional Economics at Portland State University will deepen their understanding of how institutions emerge, evolve and influence economics outcomes.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: TBA
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Undergraduate students in the economics department regularly get to participate in applied research including data collection for audit studies. Others have measured the benefits of local amenities, such as Forest Park and even had their research projects promoted in the national press. Out students have access to agencies and organizations in Portland, Oregon and are immersed in the robust and growing local economy.


A Certificate in Institutional Economics at Portland State University emphasizes logical thought and problem solving skills and the ability to connect data. This gives students the ability to see and understand both the “big picture, and the small details. These are skills that employers highly value and gives job seekers a competitive edge. Many of our students go into one of three areas; a Master’s in Economics, a graduate degree in another disciple, or a job in private industry or government.Some examples are:

  • MA in Economics at SUNY Stony Brook
  • MS in Statistics at PSU
  • Ph.D. programs
  • Senior Analyst, Sightlines
  • Analyst. M Science
  • Pallas Global Capital LLC, New York City
  • Senior Demand Planner,. Nike

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Courses Included

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Environmental Economics
  • Marxist Political Economy
  • Economics of Developing Countries
  • Women in the Economy