DED Courses

Academic Program Outline

The Doctor of Economic Development (DED) program requires that students complete at least 60 credit hours of graduate coursework credit beyond the credits and courses required for admission.

Course Deficiencies. AEEC 501, AEEC 502, and AEEC 540, or their equivalents, are required of all DED students. Students who have not fulfilled these requirements prior to entering the DED program will need to complete these courses with grades of B or better as soon as they are available. Failure to complete these courses early in the program will impede progress as they serve as prerequisites for most DED courses.

  • AEEC 501 Microeconomic Theory (or equivalent)
  • AEEC 502 Macroeconomic Theory (or equivalent)
  • AEEC 540 Econometrics (or equivalent)

Core Course Requirements. The DED core includes 27 semester hours of coursework as listed below:

  • ECDV 550 Introduction to Local and Regional Development
  • ECDV 651 Economic Development Theory
  • ECDV 661 Regional Economic Modeling I
  • ECDV 662 Regional Economic Modeling II
  • ECDV 664 Population Economics
  • ECDV 668 Economic Development Finance
  • ECDV 671 Sustainable Economic Development
  • ECDV 692 Seminar in Economic Development
    • Take twice with different subtitles.

All courses with the ECDV prefix have been developed specifically for this program. In most cases, ECDV courses have specific prerequisites and are open only to DED students. The DED is delivered primarily in a traditional face-to-face format, although the delivery of particular courses may be supplemented using other delivery methods.

After completing AEEC 501, 502, and 540, students need to take ECDV 550, 651, 661, and 662 as soon as they are available. These courses provide the basic theories and tools of economic development and will serve as prerequisites for many courses to follow. After taking these seven courses, course sequencing is more flexible.

Comprehensive Exam. Students must successfully pass a written comprehensive exam covering the DED core before moving on to the specialty, internship, and project stages. Failure to pass the core exam after two tries will result in dismissal from the DED program.

Specialty Areas & Electives. Students are required to complete at least five courses beyond the Core Course Requirements.

All DED students must complete the following:

  • ECDV 681 Urban Economic Development
  • ECDV 682 Rural Economic Development
  • ECDV 683 Seminar in National Development
    • Take late in the program.

Plus one six-semester-hour specialty. Examples:

  • International Development Specialty
    • ECON 581 International Economics — or — AEEC 520 International Agricultural Trade Theory and Policy
    • AEEC 528 Economic Development
  • Public Finance Specialty
    • AEEC 522 Public Sector Economics I
    • AEEC 523 Public Sector Economics II
  • Economic Research Specialty
    • ECON 545 Econometrics II (After AEEC 540)
    • ECDV 673 Research Methods

Other specialties can be arranged with the approval of the DED Director and the student’s graduate committee.

In addition students may need or choose to take elective courses to accumulate sufficient credit hours or to acquire additional skills and knowledge.

Internship/Project Requirement. Students complete 12-15 hours with at least six credit hours of each.