The Certification in Applied Economics and Data Analytics

Earn your Degree and CBE from these CBE Partner Programs



Are you a student currently studying to earn your bachelor's or master's degree?  Or are you a potential student looking in to master's programs in economics?  Earning your CBE shortly after graduation from a CBE-affiliated partner university is an effective way to jump start your career! 

NABE Launches Inaugural CBE University Partnerships (Press Release PDF; 6/16/17)
NABE Expands CBE University Partnerships (Press Release PDF; 8/28/17)

The Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) emphasizes critical thinking while providing students with the analytical tools needed to make effective and impactful business decisions. This enables them to tackle economic, business and financial challenges requiring both rigorous analysis and an international perspective. The program is ranked among the top 10 pre-experience programs in the U.S. by the Financial Times.

Flexible, rigorous, and relevant, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Economics at Boston College provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical, data-analytics skills they need to succeed in today's data-driven economy.  This STEM-designated degree program prepares students to use the data analysis and tools organizations rely on to evaluate policies and programs, develop forecasts, better understand consumer behavior, and analyze marketing efforts. Housed at a top-tier research institution and taught by a faculty of accomplished academics and current industry practitioners, Boston College's M.S. in Applied Economics also emphasizes ethical decision-making—a hallmark of Jesuit education.

The MS Applied Economics program in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati is pleased to partner with NABE through its CBE program.  A graduating student with skills in economic modeling and data analysis, in combination with the CBE designation, offers compelling value to any potential employer.  Employers can be confident that when they hire a UC MS in Applied Economics graduate with a CBE designation that the individual has demonstrated mastery in the critical thinking and data analysis necessary to provide insights and recommendations for business decisions.

The Master of Arts in Applied Economics at The George Washington University teaches students how to combine economic theory with econometric techniques to understand how the global economy affects today’s multinational enterprises. Through this STEM-designated program, students get extensive practice applying economic analysis to real world problems and will graduate with the tools needed for a successful career as an applied economist. Thanks to GW’s array of graduate programs, students can earn both a master’s degree in applied economics and a graduate certificate in areas such as budgeting and public finance, data science, and geographical information systems, and others. The CBE partnership helps ensure that our graduates have mastered the practical skills that global enterprises value.

Students major in economics at John Carroll University through either the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A. in Economics) or the Boler School of Business (B.S. in Economics).  They develop theoretical knowledge, data-analytic abilities, and communication skills that enable them to evaluate and present findings to businesses on domestic and global economic issues. In the tradition of Jesuit education, students incorporate ethical dimensions and social responsibility to produce practical solutions in business and other sectors.

 “New hires with a CBE are more valuable to an employer,
as we know they have the skills to contribute.” 

Diane Swonk, CBE, Founder, DS Economics 


Why Earn a CBE?

The CBE validates your competency, your ambition to advance within the profession, and your commitment to refreshing your skills and knowledge throughout your career to stay on the cutting edge of analytical techniques and economic developments. CBEs are trusted by employers to deploy their skills, tools, and experience to bring clarity to decision-making processes, enhancing outcomes for their organizations. The CBE is verification that you have the skills, knowledge, ethics, and dedication to deliver this value in the workplace. 

How Do I Become a CBE?

Candidates must meet the following requirements*:

  • Examination.  Candidates must pass a comprehensive practical examination.
  • Member. Be a member in good standing with NABE.
  • Experience.  Candidates must have two years of work experience in applied business economics or in a related field.
  • Education.  Candidates must attain  at least a four-year degree.
  • Curriculum Requirements.  Candidates must complete NABE’s Communication and Presentation Skills for Business Economists and Writing Skills for Business Economists certificate courses or courses deemed equivalent by NABE.
  • Ethics.  Candidates must review and adhere to the NABE Professional Conduct Guideline.
  • Continuing Education/Renewal.  Designees may renew their CBE by completing 30 hours of continuing education every two years and paying a renewal fee.

CBE Exam

The CBE examination is based on an advanced body of knowledge, developed and reviewed by leading business economists to ensure that it reflects the most relevant information and core competencies demanded by today’s top employers. The CBE examination is developed and administered by NABE.

The CBE Exam is a comprehensive multiple-choice assessment, testing a candidate’s practical and applied knowledge in the following areas:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Business Applications of Statistics and Data Analytics
  • Economic Measurement
  • Economics of Strategy and Managerial Decision Making
  • Macroeconomics / Microeconomics

Interested in sitting for the exam?  More information

Interested in taking a refresher course on one of the exam areas of focus? View the schedule of upcoming courses

Register as a candidate to receive more information about the CBE program, including advance notice on course offerings and exam sittings.

University Partners

Is your university interested in partnering with NABE on the CBE program?  There are many benefits to partnering with NABE to incorporate the CBE curriculum into university programs. More information

NABE Economic Policy Conference
February 25-27, 2018

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University Partners 

Is your university interested in partnering with NABE on the CBE program?  There are many benefits to partnering with NABE to incorporate the CBE curriculum into university programs. More information