MS in International & Development Economics

Integrating rigorous training in quantitative economics and econometric methods with overseas fieldwork research in a developing country.

The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. USF’s one of a kind Master's in International and Development Economics (IDEC) provides students with the specialized knowledge and analytical skills to understand how market forces can be harnessed to empower developing countries to break from cycles of poverty, and the importance of institutions that regulate these forces.

Graduates are prepared to pursue PhD programs or for professional work as:

  • Development researchers
  • Program analysts
  • Policymakers
  • Practitioners for government agencies, international business, nonprofits, and NGOs in developing countries

The expertise of the faculty in realms of international development, such as microfinance, have opened up entirely new areas of economic development to me. These topics are now foundations of my research interests and my career.

Vanessa Wallach, USF Economics graduate student, B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

International Fieldwork

During the summer, small groups of IDEC students collect primary data and access secondary data as part of an internship or partnership with an international institution. That information forms the basis for their master’s thesis, which is developed under the supervision of an IDEC faculty adviser.

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Contact Info

MS International and Development Economics

M-F, 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Cowell Hall, Room 427
2133 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1083
(415) 422-2765 (415) 422-6983