Economic and Political Development
Designed to train future leaders and change makers in addressing pressing global development issues, such as inequalities and unacceptable levels of poverty, through evidence-based strategies to promote inclusive, sustainable growth and human development, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN's 2030 Agenda.
The Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration equips students with a broad understanding of the processes of economic, political, and social change in the developing world, as well as a more focused competence in specific fields, such as financial inclusion, small business and social enterprise development, corporate social responsibility, gender and development, education or health policy, sustainable development, and post-conflict reconstruction and governance. Through an interdisciplinary package of courses, workshop projects, and practical internships, you’ll gain key skills in policy analysis, program planning, project management, monitoring, and evaluation for inclusive and sustainable development. When combined with the Data Analytics and Quantitative Analysis Specialization, EPD constitutes a STEM-designated program. Learn more »
Students must complete a total of 18 credits, consisting of six three-point courses (including the Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice, which satisfies the Capstone requirement for MIA and MPA students):
- Two core courses (one in economic dimensions of sustainable development and one in political dimensions of sustainable development)
- Two sustainable development practice courses (Methods for Sustainable Development Practice and Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice)
- Two courses in a focus area (economic, political, social or environmental dimensions of sustainable development)
Related Degree Programs
The Master of International Affairs (MIA), which includes selected STEM-designated pathways, is underpinned by SIPA’s unrivaled expertise on issues that transcend national boundaries and prepares students to address major international issues as experts and leaders in governments and organizations around the world.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA), which includes selected STEM-designated pathways, emphasizes a comparative approach to domestic policy and prepare students to address major national policy issues and manage organizations in the US and other countries around the world.
Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development Practice
Working in teams with a faculty advisor, the EPD Workshop offers students an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge development projects, often involving country fieldwork.