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 or a Research Report 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 (or the research report) as indicated in the following table: