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In the MPA/ID Program, three-quarters of our students and many of our faculty come from countries other than the United States. We especially encourage applications from citizens of developing and transitional economy countries. Applicants must demonstrate competence in economics and quantitative analysis and the potential for leadership in international development. The MPA/ID Program rarely accepts applicants directly from undergraduate colleges and universities; most admitted candidates have at least three years of development-related work experience in government, central and regional banks, international development institutions, non-profits, research organizations, or private businesses.
The MPA/ID Program has course prerequisites to ensure that students will be adequately prepared for the rigor of the core curriculum. The prerequisite course requirements are one university-level course in each of the following:
Multivariable calculus (usually the third course in a university-level calculus sequence)
The demanding set of core courses includes:
- Advanced Microeconomics
- Advanced Macroeconomics
- Advanced Statistics and Econometrics
- Economic Development: Theory, Evidence and Policy Design
- Management in a Development Context
- Institutions in Development
- Good Governance
- Applications and Cases in International Development
- Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA)
Students gain professional expertise through the case workshop, a requiredsummer internship, a substantial second-year policy analysis, and elective coursework in specific fields of development.
In short, the MPA/ID Program is built on three pillars: