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Graduate Certificate in Economics (GradCert(Econ))

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


4 months

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This short course in economics will help you develop the analytical skills needed to be an effective problem solver of real-life issues, ranging from employment and housing, to public health, transport and environmental pollution. It also provides a springboard to further study.

Studying Economics will help you see the world in a different light, and use data-driven insights to help people, governments and businesses make better decisions about using natural and financial resources to meet their goals.

If you're passionate about business, politics, current affairs, finance and statistics, then economics may be ideal for you.

Economists contribute to government decision-making by shaping new laws and taxes, or advising on international trade agreements.

They can also be involved in recommending incentives and penalties geared towards changing people's behaviour, such as encouraging people to use public transport instead of driving to work.

In this subject, you'll learn how to explain the reasons for different market structures, analyse the implications of government policy, anticipate how people might react to price changes, and demonstrate the gains from trade.

Be taught by leading economists

When you study Economics at Waikato, you'll be exposed to nine of New Zealand's leading economists (Repec), and a faculty that is ranked 1st in New Zealand for economics research quality (Performance-Based Research Fund).

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 251-300 universities for Economics & Finance, and Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS Subject Rankings 2020.

You'll study at Waikato Management School, placed in the top 1% of business schools globally with our Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

Students will complete four papers (120 points) in total, worth 15 points each.

This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at 100 or 200-level, and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You must complete at least three papers (45 points) in the specialist subject of Economics, including any required subject papers.

You have the option to choose one elective paper (15 points) in another subject.

Papers offered differ by location (Hamilton, Online).

Entry criteria

To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Economics, applicants must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR
  • be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

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