The Department of Economic Development offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science in Economic Development and Doctor of Philosophy in International Development.
The goal of the Economic Development program is to assist students in acquiring professional competency in the concepts, skills, working tools, and creative approaches essential to those
involved in the field of economic development, whether at the community, state, regional, national, or international level.
- Have a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average over the last two years of the student’s undergraduate studies.
- Submit GRE scores. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be submitted in place of the GRE. Students whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 560 or more.
- Provide three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. The letters should be sent to the department.
- In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally. Such students must earn a 3.0 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 500 or above or on all coursework taken
while completing this nine (9) hour requirement in order to qualify for regular admission.
- Students may be required to take some prerequisite courses in geography or business.
- Submit a statement of purpose and goals, portfolio and resume.
- Successful completion of a minimum of thirty (30) hours in graduate-level courses as follows:
- Minimum of twenty (20) hours with the prefix ED.
- Demonstrated proficiency (through coursework and/or the comprehensive exam) in economic development research, finance, and marketing, equivalent to ED 722, 724, 761, 764, 765.
- At least four (4) hours of apprenticeship (ED 791).
- Successful completion of a comprehensive written or oral examination.
- Completion of one of two curriculum options as follows:
- Thesis option
- ED 698 (3 hours)
- Acceptance of valid thesis topic
- Formation of thesis committee prior to last semester of study
- Non-Thesis option
- ED 789 (3 hours)
- Thesis option
- A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.
Last updated January 30, 2018