The Curriculum

MA in International Development


The two-year curriculum of this track consists of a combination of disciplinary/analytical courses and country/regional courses: the former provides analytical skills and general development knowledge that are applicable to all aspects of the development process; the latter focuses on the policies and/or experiences of a particular country or region.


The First Year Curriculum

The first-year curriculum introduces the preparatory and core required courses that provide students with tools, concepts, and theories in international development. The program’s core courses are among the best in the world when compared to core courses in other Master’s-level professional programs. These courses expose students to cutting edge knowledge in development economics and related fields, thus helping them to analyze public policy issues within an inclusive and coherent theoretical framework.

Students begin preparations for a Master’s Thesis toward the end of the first-year . Before the spring term of the first year, all students will have decided on their research topic and will have chosen an academic supervisor. In addition, students with their supervisor’s guidance will have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that will help them explore their research topic.

All required courses are designed to be taken in the first year so that the second year can be more devoted to effectively taking applied and thus advanced courses as well as completing the MA thesis as indicated in the following table:


FIRST-YEAR CURRICULUM
FALL termWINTER termSPRING term
Economic
Concepts
and Theories
Microeconomics I
Macroeconomics I
Microeconomics II
Macroeconomics II
Development Economics
Analytical and
Computing
Skills
Mathematics for Economics
and Management (A)
Statistical Methods
EconometricsResearch Methodology
Thesis
Supervising
Advanced Seminar I
Elective CoursesElective CoursesElective Courses
Language CoursesLanguage CoursesLanguage Courses

The Second Year Curriculum

The second-year curriculum consists of disciplinary/analytical and country/regional elective courses. Practical and policy-oriented second-year courses strive to expand the theoretical knowledge and analytical capabilities developed from the first year in order to facilitate problem-identification and problem-solving in the international development arena.

In the second-year curriculum, each student has to write her/his own Master’s Thesis while participating in advanced seminar sessions with their academic supervisors. Defending her/his Master’s Thesis is the most demanding component of the program. It gives students an opportunity to analyze their research topic in depth by integrating tools, methods, concepts, and theories that they have acquired in the entire two-year program as well as the skills and knowledge base that each student had developed in his or her previous professional and academic careers.