Economic and Political Development (EPD)
Economic and Political Development Curriculum
The EPD curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the processes of economic, political and social change in the developing world, and of the global and national commitments reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Students develop a variety of skills in policy analysis, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and management, as well as in focused competencies in practice areas such as financial inclusion, small business and social enterprise development, corporate social responsibility, gender and development, education and health policy, sustainable development, post-conflict reconstruction and governance.
José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs; Co-Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration
Eugenia McGill, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Co-Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration
Savita Bailur, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Ragini Dalal, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Michael Doyle, University Professor
Kristina Eberbach, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs
Fernando Fabre, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Alexander Heil, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Kevin Hong, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)
Debra Jones, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Nandita Krishnaswamy, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs
Barbara Magnoni, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Julie Poncelet, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)
Rumela Sen, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs
Eric Verhoogen, Professor of International and Public Affairs and of Economics
The Concentration in Economic and Political Development (EPD) requires 18 credits, consisting of 6 three-point courses: 2 core courses (economic development and political development); 2 development practice course (methods, workshop*); and 2 professional focus area courses (both courses must be from ONE of four professional focus areas). *Workshop satisfies the Capstone requirement for MIA and MPA students.
Courses taken to fulfill an EPD course requirement cannot be audited or taken pass/fail.
Language requirement: All EPD students are also required to satisfy the MIA language requirement. Students may fulfill the language requirement for the MIA degree and the MPA/EPD Concentration with any modern language offered by Columbia University language programs or the Language Resource Center: http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/languages/#languageprograms. Information on language proficiency assessment at Columbia University is provided here: http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/proficiency-testing/.
EPD double counting policy
- Students may double count up to 6 credits in their chosen professional focus area with their specialization requirement. However, only one focus area course (or up to 3 credits) can be a regional course.
- Students may double count an EPD course from our approved political development core courses or our political development focus area to satisfy the Interstate Relations (IR) requirement for the MIA degree (if the course is also an approved IR course).
- Students may not double count an EPD core course towards their chosen professional focus area. However, if they take both economic development core courses (or two different political development core courses), they can count one for their core requirement and the other one for the related focus area.
Political Development Courses
Select one of the following:
|INAF U6178||Political Development||3|
|INAF U6412||State and Society in the Developing World||3|
|INAF U6438||Persistent Problems in the Global South||3|
|INAF U6538||State Building in the Developing World||3|
|INAF U8258||State Formation, Deformation, and Citizenship||3|
|Other (requires approval)|
Economic Development Courses
Select one of the following:
|INAF U6602||Economic Development for International Affairs||3|
|INAF U8145||Advanced Economic Development for International Affairs||3|
|Other (requires approval)|
Development Practice Courses
EPD students must take the following:
|INAF U6827||Methods for Development Practice||3|
|SIPA U9001||Capstone Workshop in Development Practice *||3|
*Fulfills the capstone requirement for students in the MIA and MPA programs
Professional Focus Area Courses
The Professional Focus Area requirement allows EPD students to focus their coursework in one of four substantive areas: Economic Development (ECON), Political Development (POLI), Social Development (SOC), or Sustainable Development (SUS). Since development is a multidisciplinary field, many EPD courses may straddle two or more professional focus areas (e.g. Global Inequality; Gender, Politics and Development; or Corporations and Human Rights).
Students select courses totaling 6 points in ONE of four professional focus area: Economic Development, Political Development, Social Development, or Sustainable Development. However, only one focus area course (or up to 3 credits) can be a regional course. To view a complete list of courses, visit the EPD - Professional Focus Area page.
Degree Audit Report
Matriculated students in this program can view their degree audit report on Stellic.
All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.
|Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA), Politics of Policy Making (MPA)1||4||SIPA U6301 or U6401||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Management||3||SIPA U6500||3|
|Concentration Core Course||3||INAF U6602 or U8145||3|
|SIPA U6300 or U6400||3||Specialization Course 1||3|
|Professional Development||0.5||Concentration Core Course||3|
|Specialization Course 2||3||EPD Professional Focus Area Course 22||3|
|EPD Professional Focus Area Course 12||3||SIPA U90011||3|
|EPD Course or Elective||3||Specialization Course 3||3|
|Core: Management Course or Financial Mangement Course||3||Internship Registration (optional)||1.5,3|
|Total Points: 57-58.5|
Course must be taken in the semester listed.
For more information on Professional Focus Area courses click here.
Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.
Core- MIA students are required to take one Interstate Relations course.