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If you’re interested in grasping a basic yet solid understanding of development economics but you don’t want to invest just yet in a master’s degree, then the graduate diploma is what you’re looking for. The program offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to development economics ensuring you get an educated outlook on the full picture and understand the dynamics behind global development issues. Going further, the program boasts a case study approach to allow you to critically asses the successes, failures, and impact of development initiatives over time, giving you the chance to witness firsthand how theory and practice interplay.

  • This graduate diploma is designed for students who wish to gain a basic understanding and knowledge of development but who may not intend to proceed to obtain a master’s degree. This diploma program is also interdisciplinary to provide a broader and more integrated perspective of development issues. 

    The diploma should be of interest to those seeking a position or a career in development-related institutions or in government departments directly concerned with development planning and evaluation.

  • A minimum of 15 credit hours is required. All students must take two Core Courses and Choose three Electives.

    Core Courses:

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

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


    Three electives (one from each of the following groups of courses) as indicated below: 

    Group 1 

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

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

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

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

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

    • ECON 530/5217 - Health Economics in Developing Countries (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.)

    Note: Students awarded the diploma may apply for admission to the M.A. in Economics International Development.

  • 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. 


  • The graduate diploma requires students to complete a total of 15 credit hours, spread between a series of required and elective courses. Students finishing the program may apply for admission to 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