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Community Development and Applied Economics M.S.

All students must meet the Requirements for the Master's Degree


The Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) supports sustainable local and international community development through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that serves the public interest. CDAE offers a Master of Science degree in Community Development and Applied Economics. Expertise among the CDAE faculty advisors includes economics (both ecological and neoclassical), ecological design and renewable energy, public policy, community entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communication, consumer affairs, food systems, and political process. CDAE's research and outreach is both global and local (e.g., dairy farming and farmers' markets in Vermont) and graduate students benefit from close affiliation with other research institutions at the University of Vermont and beyond.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

  • GPA = 3.00 or equivalent from bachelor's degree.
  • Completion of an acceptable Calculus and Microeconomics course by the end of the first semester of enrollment.
  • Satisfactory scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); official scores are required.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s academic potential for graduate work and motivation for pursuing the M.S. in CDAE.
  • For international students whose native language is not English or who have not completed undergraduate degrees in English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the English Language Testing System (IELTS) must be submitted.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The degree requires a total of thirty-six credits, of which thirty are from advanced courses in CDAE and other related fields plus six credits of thesis research. A written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of a thesis are also required. A student's thesis research is often an integral part of faculty-led, ongoing research projects in CDAE.

Students in the graduate program must have a 3.00 grade point average to remain a degree candidate. A student may be dismissed from the Graduate College if two or more grades below a "B" are received.

Five courses and graduate research seminars are required:

CDAE 351Research Methods3
CDAE 354Advanced Microeconomics3
CDAE 392Graduate Seminars (1 credit per semester, taken 3 semesters)1
Approved statistics/research course3
CDAE 326Community Economic Development (or other approved community development course)3
CDAE 395Special Topics (Applied Econometrics)3
CDAE 391Master's Thesis Research6+

Comprehensive Examination

A written examination must be completed by the student's third semester of full-time enrollment.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

Successful completion of any prerequisite courses, and at least 15 graded graduate credits earned in compilation of the graduate GPA, including all core courses. A GPA of 3.00 or greater is also required.