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Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at UVM

Academic Program Description

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows have the opportunity to earn either a Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics or a Master of Public Administration.

Master of Science in Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE)

The CDAE department focuses on the application of economic principles and social planning, leadership and management skills, entrepreneurship strategies, environmental sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. Possible areas of concentration include local economic development, organizations and administration, community organizing and social change, policy analysis and development, and institutions and institutional analysis. In addition to these foci, CDAE grad students can broaden their studies with graduate level courses from other departments across campus.

The graduate program is designed to cultivate community outreach and involvement. Graduate students engage in community activities and field research as an essential part of their program.

CDAE Masters students are encouraged by faculty to participate in and contribute their efforts to research and professional programs worldwide. In the past 4 years, graduate students have contributed over 50 presentations of their work locally, nationally and internationally and published over 35 articles with faculty. The quality of the graduate students has recently allowed the CDAE to compete successfully in UVM's "top graduate student" pool for additional fellowship funds.

For more information and specific degree requirements, please refer to the CDAE website.

Master of Public Administration

The MPA program focuses upon a sound foundational education in public administration in the context of service to Vermont and the country. It offers a graduate curriculum in community and economic development and emphasizes alliances among public, non-profit, and private sector organizations. It emphasizes policy and practices that address environmental issues, healthcare, leadership and management as well as other concentrations such as international public administration.

The program features an innovative curriculum including semester, intensive weekend, and distance learning courses to serve busy and widely dispersed students pursuing further education in public administration. It promotes the scholar-practitioner model to address applied challenges in Vermont and beyond. It provides internship opportunities to fuse program education with actual practices of public administration and promotes flexibility in coursework by encouraging students to draw upon other disciplines throughout the University.

For more information, and specific requirements, please refer to the MPA website.

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