Master of Science - Economic Development & Policy Analysis
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The Master of Science in Economic Development and Policy Analysis is a specialized graduate degree that delves into the mechanisms, policies, and tools to foster a faster rate of economic growth and development at local, regional, national, and international levels.

The programme combines rigorous economic analysis with an understanding of political, social, and institutional frameworks, enabling you to design effective strategies for economic advancement. It explores current theories, issues, and evidence in economic policy employed by developing countries in general, but with particular reference to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

In the first semester, you will take courses in economic policy analysis, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and economic data analysis. The macroeconomics and microeconomics modules are designed with a focus on policy.

Next, in the second semester, you will take further required courses—in trade policy analysis and development policy analysis—and choose two optional modules. You will also start work on your dissertation by taking a module in research methodology and applied econometrics.

Graduates of this programme find roles in

  • International development organizations (e.g., UNDP, World Bank)
  • Government agencies focusing on economic planning and policy
  • Research institutions and think tanks
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on development issues
  • Consulting firms specializing in development and economic policy


  • 10 Core Courses (22 credit hours)
  • 4 Elective/Concentration Courses (8 credit hours)
  • 1 Thesis (6 credit hours)

Core Courses

  • Economic Policy Analysis (2 credit hours)
  • Macroeconomics (2 credit hours)
  • Microeconomics (2 credits hours)
  • Economic Data Analytics (2 credits hours)
  • Economic Development Theory (2 credits hours)
  • Quantitative Methods and Econometrics (2 credits hours)
  • Development Finance (2 credits hours)
  • Policy Design and Evaluation (2 credits hours)
  • Globalization and International Economics (2 credits hours)
  • Practical Projects, Case Studies, and M.Sc. Research Seminar (2 credits hours)

Elective/Concentration Courses

Students apply eight credit hours of specialized coursework to the M.Sc. in Economic Development and Policy Analysis degree from the following, in consultation with their academic advisor.

  • Globalization and International Economics (2 credits hours)
  • Institutional Economics (2 credits hours)
  • Social Policy and Development (2 credits hours)
  • Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development (2 credits hours)
  • Economics of Health and Health Care (2 credits hours)
  • Spreadsheet Modelling and Analytics (2 credits hours)

Provided the University’s matriculation requirements are satisfied:

  • Applicants with a degree in a relevant area from a recognized University with a minimum of second class lower division may be admitted to the Master of Science degree programme.
  • Applicants with postgraduate diplomas at upper credit level in relevant areas from a recognized university may be admitted.
  • Full-time: A Minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of six (6) semesters.
  • Part-time: A minimum of six (6) semesters and a maximum of eight (8) semesters.

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