Graduate Certificate: Public Utility Regulation & Economics (PURE)

Certificate program for Non-Economics Graduate Students

Contact Dr. Doug Gegax or Dr. Larry Blank.

This is a professional educational program designed for post-baccalaureate students pursuing a career in the utility sector with an electric utility company, natural gas utility, water distribution utility, or a government agency regulating these types of companies.

This is a multi-disciplinary field. Students with educational backgrounds in accounting, government, finance, business administration, public administration, engineering, law, and economics are usually well-suited to pursue a career in this industry and are encouraged to consider the program.

The program provides advanced technical instruction on utility industry analysis and prepares students for the rigors of utility regulatory methods, policy, and analytical applications.

NMSU Graduate School.
All applicants to this program must meet the minimum requirements specified in the general regulations and requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Students applying for admission into the Graduate School and the PURE Certificate Program must complete their online application no later than July 15th for consideration to start in the Fall Semester.  

The Graduate School has information for graduate certificate application procedures (scroll to the bottom of their webpage).

IMPORTANT: When applying to the certificate program using the online application system.

  • Under Intended Major select Graduate Certificate
  • Under Concentration select Public Utility Regulation & Economics


All students in the PURE program must successfully complete the following courses (12 credits). These credits may be transferred for credit toward the Master of Arts in Economics.

  • ECON 571* Regulatory Policy and Industry Analysis: Electricity I
  • ECON 572 Regulatory Policy and Industry Analysis: Water and Natural Gas
  • ECON 573 Regulatory Policy and Industry Analysis: Electricity II
  • ECON 574 Advanced Seminar in Regulatory Policy and Industry Analysis

*Note: As an undergraduate student, you can take ECON 455 as a substitute for ECON 571 (these are the same cross-listed course).