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Master of Arts in International and Development Economics




What will I learn?

The Department of Economics offers a one-year program of study in International and Development Economics, leading to the Master of Arts degree. IDE students are diverse in terms of their nationalities and their career paths. Many of our students now come directly from their undergraduate school or a few years of work experience, although we do not exclude any candidate on the basis of work experience or country of origin. After completion of the program, IDE students have gone into various paths, including working in research for academic and nonacademic agencies such as the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Poverty Action Lab. Other students have gone on to further academic work such as law school and to Ph.D. programs in economics, environmental sciences, public health, and similar programs. Many students have returned to their home countries to work for their government or for funding agencies there.

The course program requires the completion of eight graduate-level courses, six of which make up the core elements of the IDE program and are required; the remaining two are graduate electives. The required courses are ECON 545, Microeconomics; ECON 546, Growth and Macroeconomics; ECON 558, Econometrics; ECON 559, Development Econometrics; ECON 591, Economics of Poverty Alleviation; and ECON 732, Advanced Economic Development. These required courses are designed to provide a rigorous understanding of the economic theory necessary for economic policy analysis. In special circumstances, in consultation with the DGS, students may receive credit toward the degree for undergraduate language classes. An option of a second year of nondegree elective study is available via the special student registration status.

Joint-program options for study with the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and the School of Public Health (YSPH) are also available. Application to F&ES or YSPH must be made simultaneously with the application to the IDE program. Admission to these joint programs is determined by the participating professional school and must be obtained prior to beginning the program. Joint-degree students earn the Master of Arts degree in IDE and the Master of Environmental Studies (F&ES) or Master of Public Health (YSPH) degree.

Which department am I in?

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
US$45,700.00 per year
This fee is for 2021-2022 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Application deadline

2 January 2023

Start date

Expected August 2023


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Yale University, Warner House,

1 Hillhouse Avenue,



06511, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed your undergraduate degree (bachelor's or equivalent) or will have completed it prior to your intended matriculation date at Yale.

For international students

Applicants must have completed your undergraduate degree (bachelor's or equivalent) or will have completed it prior to your intended matriculation date at Yale.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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