The Catholic University of America

M.A. in Integral Economic Development Policy

A Two-Year Master’s Degree in International Development

“A Pioneering Approach to Policy Design and Evaluation”

The IEDP program innovatively teaches graduates the real-world skills so needed today in effective policy design and quantitative policy evaluation within an integral framework and perspective towards development.

Choose between a two-year, full-time master’s program or flexible part-time option.

Learn applied econometrics and policy with a pioneering approach to integral development.


Learn Technical Skills, Social Context, and Development Expertise

The program provides students with:

   1. An integrated perspective on economic development 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.

   2. Advanced and unique techniques that fully capture the impact of development initiatives

   3. Technical training in economic and managerial knowledge and skills needed to work at policy and implementation levels.


Innovative at its core

No other master’s program, nationally or internationally, offers a degree in the integral economic approach for both policy design and impact evaluation.

Prepares Students for a Field with a Dire Need for Expertise

IEDP addresses the latent need among professionals in the field for further technical education at the economic policy level in impact evaluation based on an integral methodology. Methods that were once considered tried and true have been revisited; our approach innovatively pushes the old boundaries.

Integral Approach to Economic Development

This program is deeply rooted in the need to accomplish sustainable development through an approach that seeks to strengthen civil and social institutions, while maintaining an integral view of the person in society. Consequently, the focus is on the economic agent’s decision-making process, acknowledging him/her holistically, in his/her social dimension.

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Now Accepting Applications
for Fall 2018

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  • West Bank Trip

    On May 21, lead by Dr. Maria Aguirre a team of IED students: Estefania Cohn, Andrea Vazquez and Selamawit Bekele traveled to the WestBank region. The field trip was conducted as part of an impact evaluation of a Maternal Health project run by the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem, Palestine.

  • Dr. Cruz's trip to India

    Last month, Dr.Cruz traveled to Chennai, India to participate in discussions with CRS about ongoing research projects and results of assessment, as well as about future cooperation.