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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Admissions Questions

Financial Questions

Acadamic Good Standing during the Program

General Questions

Why study an M.A. in Integral Economic Development Management?

The program allows you to:

  1. Use your technical skills more effectively to produce sustainable results, based on a better understanding of the macroeconomic environment, the role of institutions, and an integral approach to development.
     
  2. Acquire the technical skills to be able to design, implement, manage and evaluate programs that would effectively contribute to integral economic development.
     
  3. Bring an integrated perspective to the development arena, resulting in development initiatives and program results that respect the dignity of the human person, strengthen the core institutions of the culture, and build a stable foundation for lasting development and growth.

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How is the IEDM program different from other master's in economic development?

Other graduate programs in development, focus either on economic development or in managerial skills. the IEDM program is the only one that combines these two skills with an integral as well as an institutional approach. Furthermore it is the only one to offer an integrated perspective to measurement and evaluation so needed in today’s development efforts.

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How much time is needed to complete the degree?

If enrolled full-time, the program could be completed in one academic year and a summer. The course work includes 37 credits with the election of a concentration in the private or public sector.

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What IEDM concentrations do you offer?

  1. Public Sector Concentration
    The public sector concentration provides you with the managerial skills and background necessary to effectively implement government-run development programs.
     
  2. Private Sector Concentration
    The concentration in the private sector provides you with the managerial skills and background necessary to effectively implement not-for-profit and business-run development programs.

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How many credits are required to earn the IEDM master's degree?

The course work includes 37 credits with the election of a concentration in the private or public sector.

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Does the program require that I take a comprehensive exam in the final semester?

You will not be taking a comprehensive exam in the final semester. Instead, you will develop an applied research project which will require field research and the proposal of a solution to an identified program in an approved public or private organization.

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Does the program require a language proficiency?

Yes. A language proficiency requirement must be completed before graduation.

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Can I enroll part-time?

Yes. You may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis.

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What's the class schedule like? Can I work and study?

Classes are scheduled so that students can complete an internship or maintain employment while enrolled in the program.

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Will the program offer practical learning experience?

The required curriculum will include course work with an applied component for every course plus a series of Development and Practice seminars designed to expose you to different organizations and work being carried on the field by both private and public sectors. They will also provide an opportunity for you to network with professionals in the Development field.

With the approval of the academic adviser, in the final semester you will have the option to develop an applied research project which will require field research and the proposal of a solution to an identified problem in a program at an approved public or private organization.

IEDM Program also has the support of an International Advisory Board, a tremendous asset to the IEDM program. It features a prominent group of high profile leaders in several areas of the development field whose interest for the program translates into a dedication to bring practical and academic concepts with course design and delivery.

And more importantly, our full-time faculty are pioneers in the area of integral economic development and bring years of research and expertise to the IEDM program. They are complemented by our adjunct faculty who bring practical knowledge, a wealth of experience, talent and enthusiasm to the class.

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Can I set up an appointment to meet with the Program Director?

Yes, please contact us to schedule an appointment with the Program Director.

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Admissions Questions

Who should apply to the IEDM program?

The IEDM program is geared towards three different audiences:

  1. Professionals or recent graduates (in fields such as engineering, nutrition, education, health, psychology, social work, sociology, politics, business, etc.) new to the development arena or looking to switch current career paths to pursue opportunities in this field who seek to use their technical skills more effectively to produce sustainable results, based on a better understanding of the macroeconomic environment, the role of institutions, and an integral approach to development.
     
  2. Professionals currently working in NGOs, international organizations, or government agencies who seek to bring an integrated perspective to the development arena, resulting in development initiatives and programs that respect the dignity of the human person, strengthen the core institutions of the culture, and build a stable foundation for lasting development and growth.
     
  3. Professionals in private businesses working in or aspiring to engage in development/social initiatives who seek to apply technical skills to design, implement, manage and evaluate programs that would effectively contribute to integral economic development.

When should I apply? What is the application deadline?

All candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible before the deadline. It usually takes three to four weeks to receive a decision after complete application has been submitted. Students will be notified of decisions via e-mail.

The Fall semester application priority deadlines are February 15th and April 15th.

The Spring semester application priority deadlines are September 15th and November 15th.

Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space available basis.

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What are the application requirements?

For full details, visit our admissions page.

1. Complete and submit the Catholic University of America application form. This form may be found online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantLogin.asp?id=cuagrad

Note: On the application form under Program of Study, you should check School of Arts and Sciences, and then choose a concentration for the Integral Economic Development Management M.A.

2. GRE scores

Please have your scores sent directly from ETS. Code 5104.

Note: If you have not yet taken the GRE, please submit your application now with a note as to the date you plan to take the test. The test may be taken in the summer prior to entry to the program.

3. Official transcripts

Three prerequisite courses are required for entry to the program. For CUA students, this would be Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 101), Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 102), and Statistical Analysis (Econ 224). These courses may be taken in the summer prior to entry to the program. They can be completed at Catholic University or another accredited school in your area. If these courses have not been completed yet, you may be able to receive acceptance into the program on condition that you complete the courses upon completion of the program.

4. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation. You may use the standard recommendation form.

5. A written statement of purpose, indicating why you desire to pursue a Master in Integral Economic Development Management and how your education and employment preparation has led you to make this choice. Please select a concentration from the program’s concentration offerings and discuss how your training and any professional experience has influenced this interest.

Note: Applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was not received in a school where English is the language of instruction, will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for the program. The results should be forwarded directly from ETS. Code 5104.

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What are the pre-requisite courses?

Three prerequisite courses are required for entry to the program. For CUA students, this would be Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON 101), Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON 102), and Statistical Analysis (Econ 224). These courses may be taken in the summer prior to entry to the program. They can be completed at Catholic University or another accredited school in your area. If these courses have not been completed yet, you may be able to receive acceptance into the program on condition that you complete the courses upon completion of the program.

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Is professional experience in development required?

Practitioner experience is greatly valued but not required.

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Is the GRE or GMAT required for admission to the IEDM program?

Yes. If you have not yet taken the GRE or GMAT, please submit your application now with a note as to the date you plan to take the test. The test may be taken in the summer prior to entry to the program.

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Is the TOEFL required for international applicants?

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was not received in a school where English is the language of instruction, will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before being considered for the program.

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Financial Questions

Is financial aid available to IEDM students?

The Department of Business and Economics at CUA offers partial scholarships to select students in the IEDM Program. For optimal scholarship consideration, submit application prior to the deadline.

Should you require assistance with the admissions process, please contact us.

Our Coverdell Fellows are also eligible for financial aid.

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What is the cost of tuition?

The information below is provided for convenience only; all figures may be found on the Web site of the Office of Enrollment Services at http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year

Full-time, per semester $20,100 plus summer 2015 $5,520
Part-time, per credit hour $1,600
Summer 2015, per credit hour $920
 

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Academic Good Standing during the Program 

Is there a minimum grade to be maintained?

Yes. Following university policies, graduate students must keep a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be considered in good standing. A student who in her/his first full-time semester has a grade point average is below 3.0 will be on academic warning for one semester. A student on academic warning may be required by the Chair to take a reduced course load during the time of academic warning.

Up to two academic warnings will be issued to students failing to reach the minimum grade point average required for good standing. A student failing to reach the minimum cumulative GPA will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Are there other factors relevant for good standing?

Yes. According to university policies, "A student is considered to be in good standing (a) who has not become subject to dismissal for academic reasons, (b) whose record of conduct is satisfactory, and (c) who has met all financial obligations to the University or made satisfactory arrangements for their discharge with the Office of Enrollment Services.

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