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  • This program is specially designed for students who wish to acquire in-depth understanding and knowledge in the field of development. An interdisciplinary approach is adopted as an essential requirement for gaining a broader and more integrated perspective of this dynamic field of study. The program should be of interest to those who plan to seek a position or a career with a wide range of development-related institutions at the macro or micro levels. Examples include United Nations agencies, The World Bank, bilateral donor representative offices or projects, non-governmental organizations, and development finance institutions. In addition, the program equips students to assume technical positions in government departments directly concerned with development planning and evaluation. 


  • Students must take the following FIVE core courses (15 credit hours) 

    • ECON 500/5251 - The Economic Setting for Development (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 505/5231 - Advanced International Trade (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 507/5282 - Quantitative Methods (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 519/5213 - Project Evaluation (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 590/5259 - Research Practicum (3 cr.) 

    Students choose FOUR electives; one from each group (12 credit hours) 

    Group 1 

    • ECON 508/5271 - Labor Economics (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 511/5252 - Economic Development in Middle East Countries (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 512/5254 - Economic Growth and Development (3 cr.) 

    • ECON 506/5299 - Advanced Topics in Economics (3 cr.) 

    Group 2 

    • POLS 525/5225 - International Political Economy (3 cr.) 

    • POLS 535/5235 - Middle East Politics (3 cr.) 

    • POLS 536/5236 - Contemporary Issues in Political Islam (3 cr.) 

    • POLS 561/5261 - Public Policy and Development (3 cr.) 

    • POLS 562/5262 - International Development Organizations (3 cr.) 

    Group 3 

    • SOC/ANTH 500/5201 - Classical Social Thought (3 cr.) 

    • SOC/ANTH 507/5200 - Introduction to Migration and Refugee Studies (3 cr.) 

    • SOC/ANTH 530/5230 - Theorizing the State (3 cr.) 

    • SOC/ANTH 535/5235 - Maintaining Systems of Global Inequality (3 cr.) 

    • SOC/ANTH 560/5260 - Population Dynamics (3 cr.) 

    • PSYC 525/5253 - Consultation to Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.) 

    Group 4 

    • PPAD 504/5222 - Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 505/5121 - Institutions, Democratization, and Public Policy (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 512/5114 - Management of Development Programs (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 517/5126 - Non-profit Management (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 520/5133 - Global Health Issues and Policies (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 522/5135 - Promotion of Local Economic Development (3 cr.) 

    • PPAD 526/5128 - Corporate Social Responsibility and NGO Partnerships (3 cr.)

  • Applicants to this program should have a good knowledge of the concepts and analytical tools of economics. An applicant whose bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than economics may be admitted provisionally, but in such cases, the applicant must either display competence in economics by passing required examinations or develop the necessary competence by completing additional undergraduate courses. 

    For admission, the department accepts the following minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: 150 verbal, 150 quantitative and 3.0 analytical (which is equivalent to 450 verbal, 600 quantitative and 3.0 analytical for exams taken prior to September 1, 2011). Prior to full admission, students must have reported their GRE scores.


  • A minimum of 27 credit hours is required for completion of the Master of Arts in economics in international development.

  • AUC offers a variety of fellowships, academic scholarships and work-study opportunities to assist students in financing their graduate studies. Below is a list of fellowships and scholarships available at the graduate level:

    • African Graduate Fellowships 

    African, non-Egyptian students 

    • Dr. Ahmed and Ann M. El-Mokadem Fellowship 

    Egyptian nationals 

    • University Fellowships 

    All nationalities 

    • Engaged Scholars Fellowship Program 

    Egyptian nationals 

    • MAL/MUN Fellowships 
    • Ryoichi Sasakawa Endowed Young Leaders Fellowships Fund (SYLFF) Program 

    All nationalities

    For more information and for applications

A Unique Learning Experience

Economics is the field that unveils the dynamics and unspoken laws that govern global markets, modern societies and consumer choices. We understand that to truly bring about change, you must understand how changes can be made both in theory and in practice.

Our program has been curated over the span of five decades to ensure you are well-armed with the knowledge that allows you to accurately identify economic problems as well as use appropriate mechanisms and methods to rectify and then evaluate the impact of your efforts.

Backed by a solid theoretical framework and extensive knowledge on development practices and their impact on economic indicators, our graduate program will help you become the agent of change you have the potential to be.


MA in International Development

Our program offers an in-depth exploration of the development field. By following an interdisciplinary approach, we make sure you develop a broader and more integrated perspective of the field.

The program works on building a lucid understanding of the dynamics of the field and establishing a comprehensive knowledge base of relevant economic concepts and models.


Who are our graduates?

Paving the path for change through their contributions, our graduates have assumed leadership positions in influential institutions such as United Nations Agencies, The World Bank, bilateral donor representative offices/projects, NGOs, and development finance institutions.

Our graduates are well equipped to assume technical positions in government departments directly concerned with development planning and evaluation on both Micro and Macro levels.


This program is the right choice for you, if:

  • You want to promote economic well-being for your country, your region or the world.

  • You want to make a difference

*Both the Master of Arts in economics and the Master of Arts in Economics in International Development (MA ECONID) are accredited by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities.

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