International Development 1-year and 2-year M.A.s

The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

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  • Application Fee

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  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $49,680
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $49,680
  • Financial Aid Available

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Our Program

Integral Economic Development is a groundbreaking approach to measurement and analysis, policy design and evaluation for sustainable development.

Integral economic development is an approach that seeks to strengthen the civil and social institutions required for sustainable development, one that takes an integrated view of the person's role in society. It is an approach which development entities increasingly demand. Integral Economic development, seen from the perspective of the whole human person, and the whole human community, is at the core of our program and the mission of The Catholic University of America.

Engage with respected full-time and expert adjunct faculty. They bring international field research alive in the classroom for an unmatched opportunity in Washington, DC, Study. Live. Intern. Network. This world-renown city at the center of public and private economic development organizations is yours with these two knowledge-building options:

M.A. International Economic Development Policy (IEDP) Take your management and data analysis skills to the next level for policy design and impact assessment across the private and public spectrum. Complete the M.A. IEDP in 2 years full-time or go part-time.

M.A. International Economic Development Management (IEDM) Learn to successfully design, implement, manage, and evaluate programs. Complete the M.A. IEDM in 1 year full-time or go part-time.

Leverage IEDP and IEDM to:

·        Learn applied management and econometrics with a pioneering approach to integral development.

·        Understand roles that cultures and institutions play in the development process.

·        Equip yourself with sound economic techniques to measure impact.

·        Take into account dignity of the human person, good of the family, and well-being of the community.

·        Conduct a faculty-mentored Applied Research Project with data from an actual development activity.

·        Hone valuable survey design, measurement, and analysis skills.

·        Capitalize on career opportunities with leading development professionals.

·        Advance your career with international organizations, government, businesses, foundations, consulting firms and nonprofits.


  • Application Fee

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Additional Requirements

Complete undergraduate or higher level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics. Courses can be taken in an accredited program as part of a prior degree, non-degree, online, or, with conditional admission, in the first semester of the M.A.

Application Deadline

By February 1 submit your M.A. application, to be considered for a merit-based, partial tuition scholarship. No additional documents are needed for a scholarship, just your M.A. application. Note in your project statement that you seek a scholarship, and indicate how you plan to fund the balance of your graduate study costs. After February 1, you can still submit an application and receive an admission decision without scholarship. Applications are received year round for rolling admission to start Fall (August), Summer (May), or Spring (January).

Student Body


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  • checkbox-alt Students from all parts of the world are welcome and have succeeded in this graduate program.

Clubs & Associations

See link in Location and Contact to over 90 student clubs and organizations.

What Our Students Say

  • Skills that can be applied really anywhere. The Applied Research Project is a really unique and amazing opportunity to work on a project, to see development happen first-hand, and to work on evaluations.

    Christian Domaas, M.A. IEDM ‘17
  • My advice for any student thinking of joining this program is if you are . . . looking to acquire some skills that will be very useful to you in the job market but you also want to do a job where you will have a positive impact potentially, this is a great program for you.

    Kevin Sonke Kamto, M.A. IEDP ‘15

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $49,680
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $49,680

Additional Information

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