May 21, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Trade and Development (TRDV)

Adviser: David Crary, Ph.D.
703G Pray-Harrold

Rapidly growing international trade, increasing complexity of world financial markets and the collision of economic development with environmental problems place special demands on economists engaged in international business and public policy making. Some Master’s degree programs provide training in business or foreign language, or some combination of these, but the economics components of these programs are often minimal and insufficient. Alternately, many Master’s programs in economics are designed chiefly to serve students with strong analytic skills. By contrast, the Master of Arts in Trade and Development offers comprehensive training in international trade and economic development, while stressing applications and policy issues relevant to nontechnical careers in international business and government service.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Degree admission is available to applicants who:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree, with a major or minor in economics, from an accredited college or university, or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, foreign language, political science or another appropriate field;

  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; and

  3. Satisfy undergraduate course requirements including at least one course in economics and the equivalent of MATH 118  and ECON 310 .

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be granted to otherwise academically promising applicants who do not meet the above stated standards. Conditionally admitted students must overcome specified deficiencies in order to have their status changed to degree admission. No more than 12 hours of graduate course work in economics taken by students on conditional status may be applied toward the M.A. degree.

Degree Requirements
In addition to satisfying general Graduate School requirements, the student must satisfactorily complete the following course requirements:

Course Requirements:

The M.A. in Trade and Development requires 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses and restricted elective courses as follows:

Select Option I, Option II, or Option III:

Option II:

Option III:

Elective Courses: 6 hours

Six hours from the following:   

  • Economics courses available for graduate credit (3 hrs each)

Program Total: 30 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Economics

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.