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IEDM M.A. in Integral Economic Development Management A one-year master’s degree — An innovative approach to measurement and analysis


The IEDM Program The IEDM program is the first to create and implement the integrated perspective to measurement and evaluation so needed in today’s development efforts, one that takes into account the social dimension of the person. · Choose between a one-year, full-time master’s program, or study part-time · Learn to apply management techniques and economics with an integrated view to development · Network with key influential leaders in the development world · Study in D.C., home to major economic development entities. · Gain practical knowledge from faculty experts in the field · Benefit from exposure to successful public and private development initiatives

It takes a great level of commitment, wisdom, and passion to become an agent of change, an IEDM student.

The program provides students with: An integrated perspective on economic development that takes into account the dignity of the human person, the good of the family, and the good of the community as foundational principles of economic development. An understanding of the role that cultures and institutions play in the development process in light of an integrated perspective on economic development that is based on sound economic techniques. This program equips students to measure the impact of economic development efforts on institutions as an essential part of the development process. The management skills necessary to design, implement, manage, and evaluate development programs that will achieve integral economic development and build strong institutions capable of supporting successful development initiatives.

“The IEDM program is very exciting and timely — given the dynamic changes that are occurring in economic development, management, and program evaluations.” — Maria Rendon, Director Office of Economic Development & Governance, USAID

What makes the IEDM program unique: Integral Approach to Economic Development This program is deeply rooted in the need to accomplish sustainable development through an approach that seeks to strengthen the civil and social institutions involved, while maintaining an integral view of the person in society. Consequently, the focus is on the economic agent’s decision process, acknowledging him/her holistically, in his/her social dimension.

Innovative Measures of Program Impact and Effectiveness Reasonable questions have been increasingly raised about the effectiveness and accountability of international organizations, government, and the private sector leading economic development efforts. This program develops new metrics that contribute to improving traditional measures of development and objective program evaluations.

Highly Technical Degree This master’s program teaches technical skills that can be implemented at the micro level within a macro framework. These skills include accounting, econometrics, management, finance, qualitative and quantitative market research, and project development, in the context of the interplay between the areas of politics, global health, food and nutrition, energy and environment, education in developing countries, and community development.

Public or Private Sector Concentrations The program addresses today’s challenges of private and public organizations in achieving integral economic development. It teaches students the management skills necessary for building and growing strong institutions in the context of social and economic development.

What framework is needed to ensure economic growth and an effective distribution of wealth that generates equality of opportunities for the individual and societies? This is the question that matters most to us at the IEDM program and that we believe is the motive that drives you to pursue your career in development. Through one year of interaction with colleagues, faculty and leaders in economic development, you are prepared to manage the challenges to achieve sustainable development in the public and private context at the local, national, and international levels.

"If you work on the ground, you need a good set of indicators and a very robust set of tools enhanced by an integral perspective to measure the success of the goals you are seeking." — Gustavo Beliz, Institutional Capacity and Finance Sector, IDB

International Advisory Board Connects IEDM Students with Development Leaders Committed to offering direction on program content, promotion, and overall strategy, the advisory board is a tremendous asset to the IEDM program. It features a prominent group of high-profile leaders in different areas of the development field who bring practical and academic knowledge to curriculum design as well as networking, mentoring, and assisting students with job placement and career advice.

Economic Development Nicholas Eberdstadt, Ph.D., American Enterprise Institute and National Bureau of Asian Research, United States Jesus P. Estanislao, Ph.D., Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Institute for Solidarity in Asia, Philippines Emily X. Wang, Ph.D., International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, United States Quentin Wodon, Ph.D., The World Bank, United States

Politics and Economic Development Policy Gustavo Beliz, Ph.D., Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Uruguay Paloma Duran, Ph.D., Complutense University of Madrid, Spain Maciej Golubiewski, Ph.D., The European Commission, Belgium John Lenczowski, Ph.D., The Institute of World Politics, United States Amina Mesdoua, Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Alfonso Qui帽贸nez, Organization of American States (OAS), United States Maria Rendon Labadan, Ph.D., U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United States

Global Health, Food, and Nutrition Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy, M.D., Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Celeste M. Torio, Ph.D., M.P.H., The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, United States

Energy and Environment Daniel R. Addison, Patton Boggs, LLP, United States Mohammad Farhandi, Energy Sector Strategy and Policy Consultant, United States Manuel Ramon Llamas, Ph.D., Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Education John Convey, Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, United States Theresa Okafor, Ph.D., Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), Nigeria

Private Sector and Community Development Xavier Arguello, Clark Realty Capital, United States Roberto Gutierrez, Red Nacional de Grupos Gestores, Guatemala Alberto Vollmer, Rum Santa Teresa, Venezuela Damian von Stauffenberg, MicroRate, Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe, United States

Program Structure · The required curriculum includes 36-credit hours of coursework with the election of a concentration in the private or public sector. · Weekly seminars expose students to development work from both private and public organizations. They also provide an opportunity for students to network with professionals in the development field. · In their final semester students can choose between taking a comprehensive exam or completing an applied research project. · Proficiency in a second language is required. · Classes are scheduled so that students can continue employment or complete an internship while enrolled in the program.

Who Should Apply to the IEDM Program Students From Diverse Backgrounds Welcome Students with a variety of experience and backgrounds are welcome in the IEDM program, whether they are familiar with the field of development or new to it. The following are examples of those who would benefit from the Integral Economic Development Management master’s degree program at CUA. · Recent graduates · Professionals interested in making a career change · Professionals in private businesses working in or aspiring to engage in development and social initiatives · Current professionals in NGOs, international organizations, or government agencies Applicants are encouraged to apply online at

Checklist 1. Application form 2. GRE scores 3. Transcripts 4. Three academic or professional letters of recommendation 5. Statement of purpose Admissions decisions will be made on a holistic basis, considering all aspects of the application. For detailed information go to

The Catholic University of America Accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as many disciplinary accrediting organizations, CUA enjoys a distinguished history and has filled an important niche: doctoral programs in philosophy and social work that are among the nation’s oldest; the only university library science and music schools in Washington, D.C.; the largest architecture school in the area; a law school that is a pioneer in clinical education; and a drama department that has been the educational incubator for acclaimed playwrights, directors, and actors. The university’s Washington, D.C., location provides many opportunities for jobs across a wide spectrum of fields and organizations. Opportunities can be found at private and public organizations, including government offices.

A Capital Location Students at Catholic University have the best of both worlds: They study and live on the largest campus in Washington, D.C., where they can enjoy a complete collegiate experience, but they are also located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Traveling by Metrorail, located at the edge of campus, students are only a 10-minute ride away from Union Station, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institutions, and the Library of Congress, and within easy reach of the abundant array of educational, cultural, social, political, and professional opportunities that Washington has to offer. Many first-time visitors to campus are captivated by the university’s expansive setting among tree-lined rolling hills where the skyline is dominated by the adjacent, majestic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States.

Where do CUA Graduates Work · Catholic Relief Services · CB Richard Ellis · Clark Construction · Corporate Executive Board · DC Government Office of Budget and Planning · The European Commission · Federal Energy Regulatory Commission · The Heritage Foundation · Inter-American Development Bank · International Finance Corporation · International Research & Exchanges Board · KPMG, LLP · The Louis Berger Group, Inc. · JP Morgan Chase · National Institutes of Health · National Science Foundation · Office of the Deputy Mayor Planning and Economic Development

· Patton Boggs, LLP · Peace Corps · Prudential Financial · Science Applications International Corporation · Teach for America · The Franklin Institute · United Nations · U.S. Agency for International Development · U.S. Department of Commerce · U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development · U.S. Department of the Interior · U.S. Department of Labor · US Department of State · U.S. Department of the Treasury · U.S. Environmental Protection Agency · Tetra Tech · The World Bank


If you have any additional questions about the IEDM program, please visit or contact: Beatriz Lopez Bonetti Program Director McMahon Hall, Room 309 e-mail: phone: 202-319-6183 fax: 202-319-4426 The Catholic University of America admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.

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