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Department of Economics



Top Reasons Why Students Choose GPED

  • Course Flexibility. GPED student programs are individualized according to their particular needs. Students may take electives which relate to their programs such as business and finance courses from the Owen Graduate School of Management; Management of Technology courses in the Engineering School; International Education Policy courses from Peabody College; courses from Latin American Studies, Sociology, and Political Science.
  • Alumni Network. Since its beginning in 1956, the program has maintained a strong network of alumni from more than 120 countries.
  • Free Tutoring and Editing services. GPED students are provided with tutoring and editing services at no additional charge.
  • GPED Forum. A new seminar series, the "GPED Forum" was established in 2013.  Prominent thinkers (including GPED alumni) from academia, policy organizations, think-tanks, corporations, as well as non-profit organizations, visit us for a day and give a one hour lecture on a topic of their choosing. Time is also allotted for GPED students to meet these top economists and interact with them.   The current schedule is available at:
  • Vanderbilt Community. The Commons, Sarratt Student Center, the Student Recreation Center, as well as other facilities, are user friendly and easily accessible.
  • Class Size. There are typically 8 to 25 persons in courses offered to GPED students.
  • Program Assistance. GPED staff provide general assistance to students including airport pick-up and help with locating suitable housing and furnishings. The International Student and Scholar Services staff are happy to answer questions regarding visas and immigration status, work permits, and Optional Practical Training.
  • Job Opportunities on campus. There are work study and non-work study opportunities for students on campus. Some jobs commonly held by our students are in the Student Recreation Center, Residence Life, or the University Libraries.
  • Nashville. Vanderbilt University is located in a beautiful and safe city with mild climate and moderate living expenses. The population is approximately one million.


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