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What is Integral Economic Development?

Integral economic development is an approach that seeks to strengthen the civil and social institutions required for sustainable development, one that takes an integrated view of the person's role in society. It is an approach which development entities increasingly demand. Integral economic development, seen from the perspective of the whole human person, and the whole human community, is at the core of our programs and the mission of The Catholic University of America.

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M.A. in Integral Economic
Development Management

  • One year program full-time, with part-time option.
  • Uses innovative measures and an integrated approach to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of development programs.
  • Teaches applied management and economics.

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M.A. in Integral Economic
Development Policy

  • Two year program full-time, with part-time option.
  • Pioneers the implementation of an integrated approach on economic development policy.
  • Teaches applied policy and economic techniques in an integral framework of development.

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From the Program Chair

Dear IED Programs faculty, staff, and students,

"Welcome to the most innovative and rigorous graduate program in international development! If you are a prospective student, we invite you to join a select group of students who are becoming leaders in the development field. Our professors are renown experts eager to work with you. In addition to learning the most advanced theories and best practices in international development, you will have a direct opportunity to apply them in your applied research project (ARP) under the guidance of your professors.
Best wishes,"
Dr  Martha Cruz Zuniga

Introducing one of our most distinguished professors, Dr. Maria Sophia Aguirre.

We look forward to working with you in making a real contribution towards achieving a development that is indeed sustainable because it is truly human. At the IEDP we take seriously the fact that it is the person, who is social by nature, who needs to be the agent of change and who is at the center of sustainable development. Thus, we incorporate in their design, implementation, and evaluations immediate and long-term institutional measurable outcomes."




Leaders in Development Seminar- Dr. Joseph Glauber

On Wednesday, February 3rd Dr. Joseph Glauber is visiting our Leaders in Development series to talk to the graduate students about his work with the International Food Policy Research Institute. Prior to this position, Dr. Glauber spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:10 P.M. - 6:25 P.M.

Place: McMahon Hall, Room 201

Career Development Workshop- HelpAge USA

Susan Riker, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships and Breanna Eskridge, Administrative Manager at HelpAge USA will meet with students about how their organization focuses on improving the needs of the world's most vulnerable older people. They will discuss new research and program management fellowships established since HelpAge received the Hilton Humanitarian Prize and role play interview simulations.

Event open to current students in the IEDM and IEDP Graduate Program.

Time: 3:40 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Place: Gowan Hall, Room 413