Economic Social Development of Regions

Graduate Program

The Economic and Social Development of Regions program offers advanced certificate and master’s programs to prepare students to understand, analyze, and intervene in the economic and social development of regions. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban planning. Graduates may choose to continue their formal education in a doctoral program, or move directly to a career in:

  • City and town planning or management. 
  • Positions in state or federal government agencies. 
  • Work in nonprofit organizations. 
  • International development activities. 
  • Research, analysis, and consulting jobs in the business sector or academic settings.

See our program requirements below.

Lowell's the Perfect Backdrop

The Merrimack Valley, birthplace of the American industrial revolution and home to two centuries of immigrants, offers a fascinating laboratory and backdrop for studying how regions develop and evolve. Learn how to use technical tools such as geographic information systems and statistical analysis, while simultaneously conducting field research in actual communities and industries.  Investigate the relations between local development and the national and international economies. Examine the social and environmental dimensions of development. Compare regional strategies for development from around the globe.

You will learn how to look at a region as a whole, discover innovative solutions, and intervene in communities for positive change.  You will probe the historical roots of  development and explore the theories that illuminate it. You will experience first-hand the economic and social development of regions.

The department offers two advanced certificates and a master’s degree. Follow the links for more information on the requirements for the:

Students in the program can go on to:

  • City and town planning or management.
  • Positions in state or federal government agencies.
  • Work in nonprofit organizations.
  • International development activities.
  • Research, analysis, and consulting jobs in the private sector or academic settings.

Our faculty has extensive national and international networks to assist in career placement.

The Master’s program also prepares students to continue their education in a doctoral program in social science, public policy, or related fields, including the University’s Work Environment Program.

Program Requirements

The graduate certificates require four courses. The Master of Arts requires 30 to 33 credits, which usually involves ten courses. A full-time MA student typically takes two years to complete the program. We welcome part-time students, as well. All core courses, and some electives, are offered at evening times. Follow the links for more information on the requirements for the Master of Arts and the Graduate Certificates.

To apply, or for more information on tuition and fees, go to Graduate Admissions.