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Catholic University of America — School of Business and Economics

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of Business and Economics
Degrees Awarded:
Integral Economic Development Management (IEDM)
Admissions Deadlines:

July 1 for Fall admission (April 15 priority deadline) and December 1 for Spring admission

Admissions Cycle:

Rolling admissions.

Program Start:
Fall and Spring.
Program Founded:
March, 2013


IEDM program will provide the following financial assistance:

  • Two scholarships of fifty percent of the total tuition ($20,800) to the most qualified Coverdell Fellows based on merits (these are GPA and GRE or GMAT scores).
  • All Coverdell Fellows applying to the program will be waived of the application fee ($50).
  • Additional sources offered to all candidates (including Coverdell Fellows): CUA graduate work-study positions and merit-based scholarships awarded by the IEDM program (ten scholarships of ten percent of the total tuition, and two scholarships of fifty percent of the total tuition).


Our MA in Integral Economic Development Management (IEDM) program combines rigorous academic training with hands-on experience assessing not only the direct results of international development initiatives but the further reaching impact caused by changes in participant behavior.  All students must complete an applied research project with a faculty advisor focused on impact evaluation; current projects cover a variety of sectors and are being conducted in areas of Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Students complete coursework in econometrics, economic development, project management, qualitative and quantitative market research in the context of the interplay between the areas of politics, global health, food and nutrition, energy and environment, education in developing countries, and community development.  The program provides students with:

  1. An understanding of the role that cultures and institutions play in the development process—in light of an integrated perspective on economic development that is based on sound economic techniques. This program equips students to measure the impact of institutions within the economic development process.
  2. The management skills necessary to design, implement, manage, and evaluate development programs—that will achieve integral economic development and build strong institutions capable of supporting successful development initiatives.
  3. An integrated perspective on economic development—one that takes into account the dignity of the human person, the good of the family, and the good of the community as foundational principles of economic development.


Complete the CUA Application form which includes a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, general aptitude scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work. Three prerequisite courses are required for entry to the program: Introduction to Macroeconomics, Introduction to Microeconomics, and Statistical Analysis or Statistics for Business and Economics.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Holly Triska
Director, Graduate Programs in Integral Economic Development

School of Business & Economics
Catholic University of America McMahon Hall 307 620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20064

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