The Master of Development Economics (MDE) program is aimed at young professionals and university graduates who intend to pursue a career in international organizations, non-government institutions, and/or pursue higher education. The structure of the program reflects this orientation as it offers two specializations: International Economics and Development Issues in the Middle East. The program offers a solid grounding in development theory coupled with the technical skills necessary to evaluate policy options from a practitioner's viewpoint. Quantitative methods are offered to strengthen the students' research potential and prepare them to further their professional and academic careers.

The MDE program mission is to advance the learning and research capacity of diverse Arabic speaking students by using relevant interdisciplinary research methodologies and tools. The MDE program aims to graduate development economists and practitioners who can propose scientific and practical solutions to development challenges in the Arab region in an ethical and culturally relevant manner. The MDE program seeks to improve both Arabic and English knowledge production in development economics in the Arab region.


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Program Structure

The MDE program comprises of 42 credits hours taken over 4 semesters, as follows:

The Dissertation Track

·         Program Core Compulsory Courses: 21 credits

·         Elective/ concentration track courses: 15 credits

·         Dissertation : 6 credits  


Capstone Track     

·         Program Core Compulsory Courses: 21 credits

·         Elective/ concentration track courses: 18 credits

·         Capstone Research : 3 credits  

Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (government or non-profit sector) will be required to enroll​ in a zero-credits "Compulsory Public Service Internship". This course MPA 001 Internship is  for pre-service students  only.​

A.     Program Core Compulsory Courses (21 Credits)

Students are expected to complete 7 courses each worth 3 credits, listed below:

  •        MDE 610 Economic Development: Theories and Practices
  •        MDE 611 Empirical Methods in Development
  •        MDE 612 Macroeconomic Theories and Practice
  •        MDE 613 Economics of Labor and Human Capital
  •        MDE 614 Research Methods in Development
  •        MDE615 Political Economy: Institutions & Development Issues
  •        MDE 616 Microeconomic Theory
And one core course with Zero credits hours as follows:
  • MDE 002 English for Economics


B.     Concentration Tracks (15 or 18 Credits)

MDE students may specialize in any one of two offered subjects by completing 15 or 18 credits in the following:

·         International Economics

·         Development Issues in the Middle East


No Concentration Track

Student selects 6 credits hours from DI course work and 9 credits hours from the program


C.     Capstone Research  (3 credits) or Thesis (6 Credits)

·         MDE 698 Capstone Research


·         Dissertation: MDE 699 Dissertation


Career Destinations

Upon completion of the MDE program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Development Economics."

Graduates of this program will acquire the knowledge and skills towards the following careers:

·         Civil society organizations and research centers

·         Academia

·         International development organizations

·         Private sector (banks, insurances companies)

·         Non-profit organizations and NGOs