With a concentration in Economic Development, you'll learn to develop and manage resources in ways that improve a place's quality of life—and do so in a responsible, sustainable, cost-effective way. The knowledge and skills you'll gain will give you what you need to improve the quality of life within communities and create change for the future.
Foster progress at every scale
You'll learn the theories, tools, and practical skills for creating positive, lasting change while studying economic development policy as it's applied in a broad range of contexts and settings. You'll gain expertise in the strategic management of all types of locales: neighborhoods, villages, cities, rural regions, states, and countries.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Economic Development concentration includes three required courses:
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
- Seminar in Urban Economic Development (L 622)
- Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (D 669)
Personalize your program
The remainder of the course work comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Economic Development concentration to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you'll select from many elective options, a sampling of which are below:
- Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- The Planning Process (L 563)
- Urban Management (L 564)
- Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
- Introduction to Comparative and International Affairs (D 578)
- Sustainable Development (S 596)
- Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration (F 609)
- Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (F 610)
- Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (F 667)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Economic Development concentration with another MPA concentration—such as International Development or Local Government Management—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.