Master of Science - Economic Development & Policy Analysis

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 economic 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 reference to sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

The programme allows you to apply an advanced-level knowledge of economics to practical and policy issues. You will be introduced to a range of techniques for development policy analysis, and review many of the most important areas of economic policy in developing countries—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.


  • 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)

Electives/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)

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