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Global Development Economics

Boston University

18 months
58560 USD/year
58560 USD/year
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The Global Development Economics degree program at Boston University is an intensive three-semester course of study designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related disciplines of politics, international relations, public health, and infrastructure and environment.


Key facts

The economics core of this program is identical to that required of students taking the MA in Economics. In addition, the MA in Global Development Economics (MA GDE) includes a set of economics elective courses that focus on various aspects of development issues and the global economy. Candidates for the MA GDE will also join students from the MA in Global Policy (MGP) program in taking courses in governance and political economy, international public health, infrastructure and environmental planning, and a capstone seminar.

The Global Development Economics program at Boston University is intended for students interested in a career in the economic development of lower- and middle-income countries and in transition economies, including working as policy analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector. The MA GDE is a STEM-designated degree program.

Applicants to this program should have, or be expecting, a bachelor’s degree in economics, economics and mathematics, or a closely related discipline (from an institution recognized by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences).

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of fundamental economic principles and be able to apply these ideas to analyze public policies, business practices, and real-world events.
  • Have the ability to apply mathematical methods, through modeling and large-scale data analysis.
  • Become conversant in current issues, knowledge, and policy debates on global development in the arenas of economics, international relations, the environment, and public health.
  • Acquire the practical experience needed for professional careers in global development.
  • Be able to conduct scholarly and/or non-academic work in a professional and ethical manner.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective
  • Economics of the Labor Market
  • Monetary and Banking Theory
  • Monetary and Banking Institutions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements


  • Transcripts
  • Two academic recommendations (MA)
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose


  • Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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