MA in Global Development Economics

This degree program is designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related disciplines of politics, international relations, public health, and infrastructure and environment. The economics core of this program is identical to that required of students taking the MA in Economics. In addition, the MA in Global Development Economics (MA GDE) includes a set of economics elective courses that focus on various aspects of development issues and the global economy. Candidates for the MA GDE will also join students from the MA in Global Development Policy (MA GDP) program in taking courses in governance and political economy, international public health, infrastructure and environmental planning, and a capstone seminar.

The program is intended for students interested in a career in the economic development of lower- and middle-income countries and in transition economies, including working as policy analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.

Applicants to this program should have a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline (from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences).

Course Requirements

Candidates must complete a minimum of 12 semester courses (48 credits). Requirements in quantitative methods and micro- and macroeconomic theory are the same as those for the MA in Economics. The course requirements are as follows:

  • Three core courses in global development policy
  • Four core courses in economics
  • Four elective courses in economics
  • A final capstone course

To be eligible for the MA GDE, students are expected to attain an overall grade point average of 2.85 or higher. (For exact program requirements, see the department rules and regulations, available on request.)

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.

Comprehensive Examination

Candidates must pass a written comprehensive examination that tests general knowledge of economic theory and quantitative methods. Every master’s student is expected to take the first available offering of the comprehensive examination after he/she has completed the economics core courses. This examination is offered twice a year.