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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

Graduate Requirements

This page contains a summary of requirements for both admission into and completion of graduate degrees (MS or MPA) within CDAE.

If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact us via email or at 802.656.0009.

Minimum Admission Requirements (MS or MPA):

  • GPA = 3.0 or equivalent from Bachelor's Degree
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (CDAE looks at your entire application package)
  • TOEFL score > 600 written test or 250 computer test or TOEFL iBT 100 for international students whose native language is not English or who have not received their education in English
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's academic potential for graduate work
  • Application deadline for consideration for fall funding opportunities is March 1. Otherwise, both programs offer open enrollment.
  • MS Undergraduate Prerequisites: calculus (mandatory), microeconomics (mandatory), statistics (strongly suggested) Mandatory prerequisites MUST be completed before matriculation into the program, in other words before you may begin your first semester as a graduate student.
  • MPA Undergraduate Prerequisites: statistics (mandatory), economics (mandatory), American government (mandatory) All MPA undergraduate prerequisites must be completed before or during your first year in the program. It is strongly suggested that you complete statistics before you enroll in PA 303, which is offered in the fall semester.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Masters Program in Public Administration:

  • Currently enrolled University of Vermont undergraduate student with a related major to the field of public administration
  • Expressed commitment to public/not-for-profit service
  • 3.0 cumulative average with a 3.25 in her/his major at the beginning of the second semester Junior year
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (CDAE looks at your entire application package
  • Submit a completed application to the Graduate College by May 15 (during student's junior year)
  • Accelerated MPA students are also required to complete the three MPA prerequisite courses (statistics, economics, and American government) before or within their first year as an accelerated MPA student.

Degree Requirements: MS in Community Development and Applied Economics

CDAE MS Program of Study Sheet (PDF)
CDAE MS Program of Study Sheet (Editable Word Document)

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 CDAE.

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.

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.

To find more details, please click here to access information from the university catalogue.

Degree Requirements: Master in Public Administration and Accelerated Masters Program in Public Administration

Each student must have completed these prerequisite courses: economics, American government and statistics prior to matriculation into the MPA program.

The MPA requires completion of 36 credit hours, including core courses PA 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306, and an approved sequence of elective courses which may include up to nine credits of coursework from approved disciplines related to public administration.

Students have the opportunity to complete an approved three-credit internship as part of their approved sequence of courses beyond the core courses. This may be required for students who do not have prior experience in public administration.

Students considering future careers in research or academics are highly encouraged to complete a thesis as part of their MPA, although it is not a degree requirement. Thesis students are required to defend their thesis.

MPA students much pass a written comprehensive examination, an evaluative device and capstone experience, offered two times per year (January and March) for students in their final semester or year of study.

Go to the Master of Public Administration website for more information about the MPA program

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