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Doctor of Economic Development

Dr. J. Michael Patrick, DED Program Director

Dr. J. Michael Patrick, DED Program Director


Apply by March 1 for Fall admission.

Admission decisions will be announced in April.

Admission to the DED is competitive and space in the program is limited. Unfortunately, in some cases this will mean that qualified applicants are not admitted to the program. Qualified applicants who are not admitted may reapply again. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the DED program. In some cases an interview with the DED Admissions Committee will be required.

Contact Dr. J. Michael Patrick, DED Program Director.


The Doctor of Economic Development (DED) is a professional doctorate offered jointly by the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics & International Business in the College of Business and the Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics Department (AEAB) in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

NMSU is the first university in the country to offer this program. The DED is a professional degree primarily intended to provide advanced applied training for economic development professionals, and can be seen as the link between academic research in economic development and “real world” economic development problems. DED graduates will be prepared to navigate the world between the theoretical and analytical world of academic economics and the very practical problems of economic development at all levels.

Economic development is a complex process. Its study and practice draws on a wide variety of academic knowledge and experience. The DED is a professional degree primarily intended to provide advanced applied training for economic development professionals (rather than academic economists).

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Recognizing the diversity of subjects and experience and knowledge useful to economic developers, DED students will enter the program from a variety of backgrounds. All DED students will share a common core of training in economics and economic development followed by the opportunity to select elective courses and specialties reflecting their particular interests and goals. All graduates will complete an internship and a major economic development project.

Read a brief history and comparison of doctorate degrees.

Flexible Delivery

The DED program includes both full-time students and part-time professionals working in the region. Course schedules and delivery methods will vary depending on the mix of students in a given semester, but all courses will have a significant face-to-face component where professors and students interact directly. Applicants should understand that this is not a distance education program.

Published: August 14, 2008 Updated: January 11, 2013 Permalink