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Economics | MA Development Track

Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

  • ECON 662: Development Microeconomics
  • ECON 663: Development Macroeconomics
  • Twelve credit hours of electives, up to nine of which may be taken in the School of International Service with your adviser's approval.


Typical Program

A typical program for full-time students beginning in the fall semester is as follows:

First Year Fall
ECON-601: Macroeconomics
ECON-605: Mathematical Economics
ECON-623: Applied Econometrics I

First Year Spring
ECON-624: Applied Econometrics II
ECON-663: Macro Development
ECON-600: Microeconomics

Second Year Fall
ECON-662: Micro Development
Two Electives

Second Year Spring
Two Electives
ECON-680: Master's Capstone Seminar

Note that the department offers a limited number of courses in the two summer terms (May-June and July-August). Taking courses in the summer may allow you to finish a semester early or take fewer courses each semester.


Choosing Electives in the Development Economics Track

In addition to your six required courses in economic theory, econometrics, and development economics, you take six other courses to complete your degree requirements. In consultation with your adviser, you choose courses in which you are interested and that make up a coherent program of study.

Choose from among these electives:
ECON-552: Economics of Transition
ECON-579: Environmental Economics
ECON-630: Monetary Economics
ECON-633: Financial Economics
ECON-634: Development Finance and Banking
ECON-639: Policy Issues in Financial Economics
ECON-658: Economics of World Regions
ECON-665: Project Evaluation in Developing Countries
ECON-670: Survey of International Economics
(You cannot receive credit for ECON-670 if you take either ECON-671 or 672.)
ECON-671: International Economics: Trade
ECON-672: International Economics: Finance
ECON-673: Labor Economics
ECON-674: Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Microeconomics
ECON-675: Gender Perspectives on Economics Analysis: Macroeconomics
ECON-691: Internship
ECON-788: Seminar in Economic Development

Electives may include up to twelve credit hours from the following:
SIS-616: International Economics
SIS-632: Microfinance: Concepts and Practical Tools
SIS-635: Advanced Topics in Development Management
SIS-637: International Development
SIS-650: Global Economy and Sustainable Development
SIS-651: Managing Economic Policy Reform