Cost-Benefit Analysis and Program Evaluation - Curriculum 229 (Resident)

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A

(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953 


Academic Associate

Marigee Bacolod

Code GB, Ingersoll Hall

(831) 656-3302, 756-3302


Brief Overview

The Cost-Benefit Analysis and Program Evaluation certificate teaches students the fundamental theories of economics and public policy that are necessary to understand consumer behavior and choice, the role of the public sector in the free-market economy, personnel economics, and cost-benefit analysis. Economic insights will be combined with the institutional expertise of GSDM faculty to tailor the learning experience to defense-related areas. Students will gain subject mastery to critically evaluate cutting-edge research, allowing their organizations to make optimal use of the information contained in reports from academia, military focused policy organizations, and other government agencies. To earn the certificate, students must complete four courses (one per quarter) earning an average GPA of 3.3 or higher.

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate.

The following courses are required:

  • GB3040 Managerial Statistics OR

  • MN3040 Data Management and Statistics for Manpower Analysis

  • GB3070 Economics for Defense Managers

  • GB4071 Advanced Economic and Defense Policy Analysis


The following courses are elective. Students should take at least one of them:

  • MN4760 Manpower Economics I

  • GB4043 Business Modeling and Analysis