Department of Economics at Catholic University of America

Why you should consider this program

Build skills for your career in international development.

The Catholic U. Integral Economic Development two-year Policy (IEDP) or one-year Management (IEDM) graduate program delivers a groundbreaking approach to economic analysis. Building your skills, in high demand by development donors and implementing partners, the approach seeks to strengthen civil and social institutions required for sustainable development.

Centered on an integrated, holistic view of the person in society, quantitative, management and policy-focused courses advance your knowledge to design, implement, manage and evaluate programs. Mentored by faculty, you conduct an applied research project, for direct, hands-on experience assessing impact of a development activity. Two-year IEDP students further hone skills for effective policy design and quantitative policy evaluation. Cross-disciplinary, the program addresses public and private sector management. Electives allow you to explore the global interplay of politics, agriculture, health, energy, the environment, education and community development.

Located in Washington, DC the program integrates excellent access to the international development community. A Catholic U. M.A. in Integral Economic Development equips professionals from the U.S. and across the globe with valuable technical and management skills to catalyze greater economic prosperity. 2018-2019 cost of the 2-year IEDP program for in-state or out-of-state students is $98,744 minus value of Fellowship $46,180 = $$52,564. Cost of the 1-year IEDM program for in-state or out-of-state students is $56,262 minus value of Fellowship $23,090 = $33,172

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 56,262 $ 23,090 $ 33,172
Out of state $ 56,262 $ 23,090 $ 33,172
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

50% tuition scholarship for 2 years (4 fall and spring semesters) for IEDP ; 50% tuition scholarship for 1 year  (1 fall and 1 spring semester) for IEDM. Full-time enrollment required for scholarship.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows with academic background in economics can apply for a teaching assistantship (TA) for 1 or 2 course sections per semester. A TA works with a professor, who teaches undergraduate economics course(s), for about 6 hours per work per course section. TA positions pay $833 per semester per course section. Fellows can also apply for paid research assistant and other positions on campus.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 16,372

Application fee waived?



A 3-credit internship is required for M.A. IEDP students. It is generally completed in the summer on a full-time basis. For example, IEDP students have interned at The World Bank Group and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. M.A. IEDM students intern on a part-time basis in the fall or spring semester or during the summer term. For example, IEDM students have interned at World Vision and Catholic Relief Services.

Jobs for program alumni

Jobs landed by this Program's alumni include positions with the United Nations, The World Bank Group, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, RTI International and American Institutes for Research.

Other details

Program length

2 years IEDP, 1 year IEDM

Application requirements

Online application at statement of purpose, resume/cv, transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work, official GRE or GMAT scores if you have less than seven years of work experience after the bachelor's degree, three letters of recommendation. Three prerequisite courses: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics. These courses can be taken in an accredited program in one's prior degree, or online or on campus on a non-degree basis (including at a community college) before enrolling in the M.A.

Admissions process

In the application, select application fee payment by check/money order in the mail  in order not to pay the fee online. Email [email protected] to request the fee waiver. After the fee is waived, submit the application. Following the admission decision letter, admitted students will receive a separate Coverdell Fellowship decision letter.

Program begins

mid-August or early January or mid-May

Non-traditional options

To qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship, students must be enrolled full-time. Without the Fellowship, part-time enrollment is also possible. Most courses are scheduled in the afternoon and evening.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Debra Egan, Graduate Program Director, Integral Economic Development

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