Economics and Data Analysis (DEDA)

Hybrid Program

A career accelerator for future leaders in applied economics.

The Doctor of Economics and Data Analysis (DEDA) is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary program that transcends traditional economic theory by blending in-depth knowledge of data science and applied economics with real-world problem-solving. With an emphasis on translational research and interdisciplinary collaboration, DEDA sets itself apart from other economics programs. Beyond developing technical skills, the program highlights the importance of leadership and collaboration, preparing you to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and lead multidisciplinary teams in making data-driven decisions and implementing innovative solutions to complex economic and societal challenges.


The DEDA program offers a career-friendly, non-dissertation-based degree tailored for working professionals seeking to advance their careers in economics and the analysis of economic data. With options for online learning and intensive in-person experiences, the curriculum offers flexibility for working professionals. Our goal is to cultivate expertise in data analytics, promote leadership and innovation, and hone practical problem-solving skills. By equipping students with these essential tools, the DEDA program prepares them to become future leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Program Highlights
  • Career Accelerator: Unlike traditional PhD programs, DEDA is a non-dissertation program designed for professionals looking to establish or advance their careers outside of academia. The transdisciplinary approach provides invaluable experience working with experts from a variety of backgrounds, just as you do in professional settings.
  • Purpose-Built Curriculum: The DEDA curriculum not only provides the most advanced training in economics and data analytics, but also teaches practical application by developing communication and leadership skills.
  • Real-World Impact:The DEDA program is designed to equip you with the skills to address complex economic issues, foster innovation, and drive positive change. This is achieved by emphasizing the application of economic principles and data analytics to real-world situations, while encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and problem-solving.

Program At-a-glance

  • 64 units

    required units

  • Doctor of Economics and Data Analysis

    degree awarded

  • Hybrid


  • Spring, Summer, Fall

    program start

  • 3 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Frank Frias

Director of Admissions & Recruitment



  • Monica Capra

    C. Mónica Capra

    Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Neuroeconomics

  • Portrait of Mark Abdollahian

    Mark Abdollahian

    Full Clinical Professor

    Research Interests

    Strategic Decision Making, International Political Economy, Sustainable Development

  • Gregory DeAngelo

    Gregory DeAngelo

    Associate Professor of Economic Sciences
    Director, Computational Justice Lab

    Research Interests

    Criminal Justice, Law, Applied Econometrics

  • Robert Klitgaard

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public Policy, Economic Strategy, Institutional Reform, Corruption

  • Tyler Reny

    Tyler Reny

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    American Politics, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Behavior, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Data Visualization

  • Joshua Tasoff

    Joshua Tasoff

    Associate Professor of Economic Sciences

    Research Interests

    Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Animal Welfare Economics


DEDA consists of 64 units. You can complete your degree within 28 months, incorporating 5 semesters and 3 pre-semester summer intensives. Your coursework will include core courses, advanced topics, interdisciplinary courses, and a capstone project.

Transdisciplinary Core Courses (6 units)
A unique feature of CGU professional doctorate programs is a shared Transdisciplinary core curriculum created to prepare business leaders. You will learn and collaborate with a diverse cohort of industry professionals on applied projects.

Students can choose 3 of the following courses:

  • Leading Change and Innovation (2 units)
  • Transdisciplinary Collaboration and Communication (2 units)
  • Action in Crisis (2 units)
  • Stakeholder Problem-solving (2 units)
  • Systems-thinking (2 units)
  • Diversity and Team Leadership (2 units)

Core Courses (16 units)

  • Game Theory and Asymmetric Information (4 units)

Field course (select 3 courses, 4 units each) from one of the following fields:

  • International and Economic Development Policy
  • Applied Micro: Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Applied Micro: Crime and Law Economics

Data Analysis (24 units)

  • Computational Tools for Social Sciences (4 units)
  • Econometrics I (4 units)
  • Econometrics II (4 units)
  • Data Visualization (4 units)
  • Causal Modeling, Machine Learning & Big Data (4 units) OR Math of Machine Learning (4 units)
  • Time Series Analysis (4 units)

Practicum (10 units)

  • Practicum: Foundation (2 units)
  • Practicum: Intermediate & Advanced Skills (2 units each, taken two times)
  • Practicum: Integration and Application (2 units each, taken two times)

Capstone (8 units)

  • Capstone: Proposal (2 units)
  • Capstone: Progress (2 units)
  • Capstone: Completion (4 units)

Your work will be assessed through course exams, research papers, presentations, group projects, practicum, and a capstone project. DEDA does not require a dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

The DEDA program equips you to become a translational researcher, capable of thinking and performing in an integrated, interdisciplinary manner. It prepares you to step into the role of an innovative investigator, forging new paths in your field. Upon successful completion of the DEDA program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the key theories, principles, and concepts in economics, and critically assess their practical value and application
  • Demonstrate fluency in statistical techniques, as well as machine learning techniques, for applied economics
  • Analyze and interpret complex data sets using econometric and machine learning algorithms, including crawling online content and defeating data hurdles
  • Develop and submit grant proposals, create pre-analysis plans, and generate grant reports/interim reports for research projects
  • Write reports on technical topics for a non-technical audience, effectively communicating complex concepts in economics and data analytics, and collaborate with practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders to ensure practical relevance and applicability
  • Exhibit leadership skills in translational research, including the creation and use of new curricular elements and approaches, critical examination of research processes and methods, and leadership roles in a multidisciplinary collaboration aimed at problem-solving

Who Should Apply

Our DEDA degree was designed for working professionals who hold a master’s degree in economics or a related field and want to advance their careers outside of academia and research positions. In some cases, high-quality students with a BA/BS in economics or a related field, and at least 3 years of professional work experience, may be admitted. Your cohort may include students who hold jobs such as:

  • Actuary
  • Budget Analyst
  • Consumer Behavior Scientist
  • Data Scientist
  • Economist
  • Investment Banker
  • Statistician
  • Vendor Manager

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Once the priority deadlines have passed, the University will continue to review applications for qualified candidates on a competitive, space-available basis. The final deadlines listed are the last date the University can accept an application in order to allow sufficient time to complete the admissions, financial aid, and other enrollment processes.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Summer 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – March 1, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – April 1, 2024
Classes begin – May 13, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

Cost & Aid

Program 64 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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