Sep 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Trade and Development [M.A.]

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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 policymaking. Some Master’s degree programs provide training in business or world 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 international trade and economic development training while stressing applications and policy issues relevant to nontechnical careers in international business and government service.

Program Admission

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Satisfy undergraduate course requirements of principles of macroeconomics (ECON 201), principles of microeconomics (ECON 202), economic statistics (ECON 310), and algebra, linear models or calculus (MATH 105, or 118, or 119, or 120) or equivalents with grades of at least B- in each.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted to those who show promise of success in this master’s program but fail to meet one or more of the admission requirements listed above. Conditionally admitted students must overcome specified deficiencies to have their status changed to degree admission. No more than 12 hours of graduate coursework in economics taken by a student on conditional status may be counted toward the degree.

Department Information

Economics | Mehmet Yaya, Ph.D., Interim Department Head | 703 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3395,

Advisor Information

Mehmet E. Yaya​, Ph.D., Department Head, 703A Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0007,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

Restricted Elective Courses: 6 hours

Choose six credit hours from the following.

Capstone: 3 hours

Satisfy one of the following options.

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