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Development Economics Concentration


The Development Economics concentration is a more formal concentration within the Master of Arts in International Development. It was established jointly between the International Development Program and the Department of Economics and was designed to give students a strong grasp of economic theory as it pertains to development as well as a good background in quantitative analysis. Students can choose to enter this concentration once they are enrolled in their first semester and do not have to apply for it in their initial application to SIS. Please click here for the advising worksheet and approved concentration courses.

Concentration Requirements

Core Classes

SIS.637 International Development

SIS. 636 Micropolitics

Economics Classes

ECON.603 Intro to Economic Theory (Note: May be waived.)

ECON.600 Microeconomics


(Note: Can include a maximum of 6 credits of SIS-730 Skills Institutes at 1 credit each)

ECON.601 Macroeconomics [Required]

ECON.662 Development Microeconomics [Required]

ECON.663 Development Macroeconomics [Required]

Project Evaluation or one other Economics course

One additional International Development course


Can be an elective course, Skills Institutes, internship for credit or Master's Thesis credits

Research and Professional Methods

Choose two of the following:

ECON.505 Intro to Mathematical Economics

ECON.623 Applied Econometrics I

ECON.624 Applied Econometrics II


SIS.795 Substantive Research Paper (SRP) in Development Economics


SIS.797 Master's Thesis


SIS.793 Practicum