Data and Econometric Analysis Joint Certificate Program

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Basic Information

Over 90% of the Fortune 500 companies use the software SAS. Roanoke College is the only undergraduate, liberal arts college in the United States that offers a Joint Certificate Program with SAS. After completing the program you will have the SAS programming skills needed by many of the top employers. The certificate is evidence of your skills that you can add to your resume and employers will know what it signals. The program can be completed in one academic year, but two is recommended. The program is open to students in any major. SAS created a virtual badge for all students who complete the program, which they will receive upon completion of the program, along with a signed certificate.


ECON 348 Introduction to Econometrics (Prerequisite(s): ECON 321 OR ECON 322, INQ 240; Permission)

Economics quantitative methods course which covers SAS Programming I and includes a major, empirical research paper employing SAS programming.

SAS Enterprise Guide: Querying and Reporting (Prerequisite: NONE)

Students take as an independent study with Dr. Kassens who leads students through official SAS curriculum. A report and presentation are required components of the unit.

SAS Programming II (Prerequisite: ECON 348 and SAS Programming I)

Students take as an independent study with Dr. Kassens and produce a significant research paper reflecting skills attained throughout the Certificate Program.


  • Excellent and documented skills for the workforce
  • Diploma and virtual badge signifying completion of the program
  • Prepared to sit for the Base Programmer Certification Exam for SAS 9 and receive 50% off exam price 

Contact Information

If you are interested in entering the DEA-JCP @RC, contact Dr. Alice Louise Kassens ( in West 234. Enrollment is open at the start of each semester beginning in the fall of 2015.