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Department of Economics


Program Overview
The Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED) is a professionally oriented Master’s program in economics preparing students for both domestic and international careers in economic development. The GPED is intended primarily for students seeking a terminal Master’s degree in economics with an interest in international development. The M.A degree in economics is conferred upon completion of all requirements.

How do I apply?
Go to:
Click on “How to Apply”
Click on “Begin Your On-Line Application Now”

NOTE: There is no application fee

You may then begin your application or edit an existing application. When you have completed the form, please click on “officially submit.”

When is the application deadline?
Students can enter the GPED program only in the Fall semester.

Deadline for submission of completed applications: Feb 15th

What is the duration of the program?
The program is typically 21-24 months; however the program length is flexible and is determined by each student’s course load. As a result, students may complete the program in 16 months or even a year in some cases.

How much does it cost?
Please see the link to the ISSS Financial Worksheet:
Page 2 gives an accurate breakdown of what your expenses will be regardless of whether you are a US citizen or an International Student. Tuition (charged by the credit hour) will be the figure beside “Graduate School.” This figure assumes 18 hours for the first year (of a 30 hour program).

What are the application requirements?
Applicants are expected to submit an online application (there is no paper option), official GRE scores, TOEFL scores (for international students), three letters of recommendation, a well written statement of purpose, official transcripts and diplomas from all universities attended and a resume.

What is an acceptable GRE score?
There is no fixed requirement for GRE scores. Students who apply to the GPED usually score between 680 and 800 on the Quantitative section.

What is an acceptable TOEFL score?
Paper Based: 570; Computer based: 230; Internet based: 88-89.

What are the minimum academic/professional requirements?
The program accepts students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants must have, at minimum, the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree. There is no minimum requirement for work history. While we do not require a major in economics, applicants should have a B average in undergraduate coursework, a solid math background, and a basic understanding of macro and micro economics.

What are the class sizes?
The GPED enrolls approximately 25-27 students each year.

Is housing provided? How much does it cost?
The University does not provide on-campus housing for graduate students. GPED students usually live within a one-mile range of campus. Rent is typically between $450 and $750, depending on whether you have a roommate or not. GPED students and staff assist incoming students in locating suitable housing.

Can I get Financial Aid?
There is very limited aid—in the form of a few partial tuition scholarships—for international students. U.S. students should check with the Office of Financial Aid. Information may be found on the Financial Aid web page:

What about internships?
The program does not guarantee placement for students interested in internships; however, resources will be provided to assist with this, such as job workshops and career fairs.


Contact Information:

Phone: (615) 322 2486

Fax: (615) 343 2391

Write to:
The Graduate Program in Economic Development
PMB 351828
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN