Economic Development - Concentrations

There are currently two concentrations within the Economic Development program from which to choose.  Each concentration has two delivery options, each designed to accomodate your needs.

International Concentration:

We currently offer our International concentration of the Economic Development program in the following methods of delivery:

  1. A full-time, cohort-based program in Pennsylvania for full-time students - 15 months to complete.
  2. A USA Annual Residency - 3 years to complete.

Urban Concentration:

Our Urban Concentration of the Economic Development program is currently offered in two deliveries:

  1. A full-time, cohort-based in Pennsylvania for full-time students - 15 months to complete.
  2. Mission Year + Eastern Partnership

More information on each program delivery detailed below

U.S. Full-Time Cohort - International or Urban concentration - 15 months

This MBA program is a full-time, 15-month program - 12 months in the US and, for the International concentration, 3 months in a developing country (required 'field semester'). The Urban concentration requires equivalent credit hours in a CBDT, or community-based development training.

This program is a cohort model, meaning that you will start together in late August and work through the program as a group. The program starts with a required orientation, normally held the weekend before classes begin for Fall semester.

Field Semester Component:

Students enrolled in the on-campus program, international concentration, spend 12 months in the United States at the Eastern University campus. The final semester (September to early December) is spent in a developing country to complete the program. During this field semester, you can return to your mission or development agency or begin work part-time with an NGO, mission organization or other church-related organization that serves poor communities. At the same time you will complete your final course work via distance education.

Mission Year + Eastern's MA International Development or MBA Economic Development

The Mission Year + Eastern Partnership (MY+E) program prepares future leaders for effective urban ministry and community development within distressed communities. The MY+E Partnership program is based on the belief that context enriches education and therefore grounds preparation for urban community development firmly within the basis of urban living and mentored service.

Degree Options

MA in International Development
Designed for those who wish to facilitate development projects by instituting a theological framework and understanding the economic and cultural forces that impact social transformation. Graduates will enter the field equipped with the skills required to understand and manage development efforts in urban and global settings.

MBA in Economic Development
Provides the skills and knowledge necessary to start capital-generating ventures and lead organizations that contribute to poverty alleviation. Graduates leave with a portfolio that includes business plans, market analysis, feasibility studies, ethnographies and needs assessments. The concentration is intentionally contextualized to issues in the urban and developing worlds. Acceptance into the degree program requires completion of GMATs and business foundation courses.

You can learn more by visiting the Mission Year Web site.

More information about the Mission Year + Eastern University programs.

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