Programs

Master's Program

Master of Arts in the Economic and Social Development of Regions

About the Program

The Master of Arts in Economic and Social Development of Regions is designed to serve students from a variety of backgrounds. It attracts recent under-graduates from liberal arts fields such as social sciences (economics, sociology, psychology, political science) and history, and also from practice-oriented fields such as management, education and engineering. For those already working in public or private sector fields related to economic and social development, it can enhance skills and provide opportunities for career advancement. It is specifically designed to speak to the interests of international students as well as domestic ones.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume professional roles in local, state, and national government agencies (in the United States and abroad); in research, consulting, and planning aspects of business; and in non-profit organizations working on economic or social development. Students who choose to do so will also be prepared to go on to doctoral programs in social sciences, history, public policy, planning and management.

Courses

For program requirements and course descriptions, go to the graduate catalog.

For the complete list of current course offerings, go to the Registrar's website or view them in our Spring 2012 flyer (pdf).

Focus Areas

The Master of Arts in Economic and Social Development of Regions allows students to focus their elective courses in a particular topic or policy area of personal or professional interest. Students are not obligated to follow any of these focus areas but may take any elective courses he or she prefers and build their own curriculum. However concentrating on a specific focus area may better suit the student’s interests or better further their career or educational goals.

There are the six focus areas in which students may direct their studies. Please see the Graduate Course Catalog for more information about each Focus Area.

  • Policy at the National, State, and Local Level
  • Global Development and International Policy
  • Community Development, Social Policy, and Non-Profit Management
  • Innovation, Technology, and Policy
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Research Methods

Recommended Schedule

Most core courses are offered both semesters.  Check with your advisor or the graduate coordinator to confirm when courses will be offered.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell on-line Graduate Academic Catalog.