As a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) student, your first-year core curriculum includes sequences in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics with an emphasis on policy applications to development over pure theory. You also enroll in core courses that cover institutions, governance, management, and the theory of development, as well as six elective courses typically taken in your second year.
You will need to earn at least 76 credits in order to graduate.
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- Advanced Microeconomic Analysis I (API-109, 4 credits)
- Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy I (API-120, 4 credits)
- Advanced Quantitative Methods I: Statistics (API-209, 4 credits)
- Economic Development: Theory and Evidence (DEV-101, 4 credits)
- Advanced Microeconomic Analysis II (API-110, 4 credits)
- Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II (API-119, 4 credits)
- Advanced Quantitative Methods II: Econometrics (API-210, 4 credits)
- Economic Development: Using Analytic Frameworks for Smart Policy Design (DEV-102, 4 credits)
Year-Long (Fall and Spring Semesters)
- Applications and Cases in International Development I (DEV-401Y, 4 credits)
International Development Summer Internship
As an MPA/ID student, you'll complete a development-related internship, usually in a developing country.
- Normative Principles, Political Institutions, and Development (DPI-401m, 2 credits)
- Getting Things Done: Management in a Development Context (MLD-102, 4 credits)
- Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar with Capstone Paper (DEV-250Y, 6 credits)
You are required to take one course in the field of good governance. The course selection varies year to year, but examples include:
- Political Economy and Its Future (DEV-233, 4 credits)
- Social Institutions and Economic Development (DEV-308, 4 credits)
- The Rise of Authoritarian Populism (DPI-418, 4 credits)
- The Political Economy of Transition in China (DPI-450, 4 credits)
- Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation (DPI-662)
Electives (24 credits)
You must earn a B- or better in all of your required MPA/ID courses, including the Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA).
Overall, you must have a B average or better for your 76 credits in order to graduate with an MPA/ID degree. These total credits must include the required courses, the SYPA, and electives.