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Community Development and Applied Economics (Master of Science)


The Department offers a Master of Science Degree in CDAE. Research includes sustainable development, both domestic and abroad; applied demand analysis; and consumer and public policy issues.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

  • GPA = 3.0 or equivalent from Bachelor's Degree
  • GRE Total > A minimum of 400 in Verbal & Quantitative sections, and a minimum of 4 on writing section.
  • TOEFL score > 550 written test or 213 computer test for international students whose native language is not English or who have not received their education in English.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Specific course work may be required of those who lack calculus, statistics and/or economics background.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The degree requires a total of 30 credit hours, of which 24 are from advanced courses in CDAE and other related fields plus six hours of thesis research. A written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of the thesis are also required. A student's thesis research is often an integral part of the faculty-led, ongoing research projects in the Department.

Students in the graduate program must have a 3.00 grade point average to remain a degree candidate. A student may be dismissed from the Graduate College if two or more grades below a "B" are received.

Core Course Requirements

Four core courses and graduate research seminars are required for each graduate student:

  • CDAE 354 - Advanced Microeconomics: Theory of the consumer, theory of the firm, perfect and imperfect competition, welfare economics, uncertainty and selected topics in economic policy.
  • CDAE 351 - Research Methods: Procedures of developing a research project, applications of economic theory and analytical tool in empirical economic research.
  • One additional course in quantitative or qualitatitive analysis to be approved by the Studies Committee (e.g., STAT 225 - Applied Regression Analysis; STAT 223 - Applied Multivariate Analysis; EDFS 347 - Qualitative Research Methods).
  • One course in community development to be approved by the Studies Committee (e.g., CDAE 205 - Rural Communities in Modern Society; CDAE 218 - Community Organization and Development)
  • CDAE 392 - Graduate Seminars. Each student is required to complete three hours of this course. Students should enroll for one hour in each of three semesters.