Economic and Political Development (EPD)

Economic and Political Development Curriculum

The Economic and Political Development (EPD) concentration within the MIA/MPA programs at SIPA provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the processes of economic, political, and social change in the developing world. The curriculum emphasizes the global and national commitments reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is designed to equip students with essential skills in policy analysis, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and management. Students also gain focused competencies in 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.

The EPD program integrates a broad array of disciplines, combining theoretical frameworks with real-world applications to address complex development challenges. Students are encouraged to engage in internships, fieldwork, and capstone projects that provide hands-on experience in the development sector, working with international organizations, NGOs, and government agencies. The program fosters a global perspective, preparing students to understand and address development issues in diverse cultural and political contexts, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to implement and manage development programs effectively. The emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with global efforts to promote economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

Please visit the EPD program page for more information on the Economic and Political Development concentration and the MIA/MPA programs.

Contact Us

José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs
Concentration Co-Director
jao2128@columbia.edu
IAB room 1315

Eugenia McGill, Senior Lecturer in Discipline
Concentration Co-Director; EPD Workshop Director
em419@columbia.edu
IAB room 1305b

Ilona Vinklerova
EPD Concentration Manager
iv2105@sipa.columbia.edu
IAB room 1305