2015 Center for Development Economics

The Master of Arts in Policy Economics has the following learning objectives:

1) To deepen an understanding of core economic principles and how they apply to policy issues in low and middle-income countries.

2) To master the theoretical and empirical tools necessary to evaluate economic research and assess its applicability to specific developing and emerging economies.

3) To learn how to develop and articulate pragmatic, principles-based policies to enhance economic well-being and promote social justice.

4) To critically evaluate policy successes and failures in economic development and understand how to apply the lessons in different institutional settings.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Policy Economics
  • A grade point average of at B minus (B-) with no failed courses is required.
  • The grade average is based on nine (9) courses: four core fall semester courses; a January Winter Study course; plus three spring semester core courses and one writing intensive course.
  • As part of the requirements in the writing intensive course, students will prepare policy papers on current issues in their countries.
  • Field trips to major cities for varied conferences and seminars are an integral part of the academic program; attendance and participation are required.
Awarding of the Degree
  • The Master of Arts in Policy Economics degree or the certificate is awarded in June at commencement ceremonies upon successful completion of all requirements.
  • The College does not award a degree or certificate, or release any academic transcripts to anyone with an outstanding financial obligation to the CDE or to the College.
  • All bills must be paid by college-established deadlines prior to graduation.