Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Economic Research on
What is the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Economic Research on Co-operative Enterprises?
A credit-based certificate program involving 15 credits of coursework and an approved six credit field-based research
internship with, or related to, a co-operative enterprise. Scholarships are often available to help defray costs of the
You will gain experience in doing applied economic research in the context of collaboration with faculty, other students,
and owner/managers of cooperative firms.
What is a co-operative?
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and
aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Learn
more about co-operatives.
Who is eligible?
This certificate program is open to anyone interested in enrolling.
What are the requirements?
The 15 credit requirement for coursework can be met by a combination of three or four credit courses. Download
the requirements checklist.
You will also need to complete an approved six credit field-based research internship. Organizations that students have worked with
include Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives,
Green Fields Market,
Pedal People, and Valley Green Feast.
Internships are completed during the summer and you will meet twice a month with faculty supervisors and other students to discuss your
You will present your research results at a mini-conference in late August to which members of the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives and the general public will be invited.
How do I enroll?
For more information, or to enroll in the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Economic Research on Co-operative Enterprises program,
contact Undergraduate Advising at 413-545-0954 or
Visit the UMass Cooperative
Enterprise Collaborative web site.
Visit the UMass
Cooperative Enterprise Collaborative Facebook page.