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The Graduate Program in Economic Development (GPED) is a tight-knit and supportive community which provides students with the tools they need to better understand the process of economic decision-making and data analytics. The program leads to the M.A. degree in economics (STEM designated) and is designed to meet the needs of participants who come from a diversity of backgrounds all over the world.  The GPED provides training that is appropriate for a variety of career paths, including careers in government, international organizations, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. The program also prepares students for further graduate study in Economics and other fields.


Fall 2018 Newsletter

In case you missed it, our Fall of 2018 semester newsletter was distributed in December of 2018!  A lot has happened since our last GPED newsletter was distributed several years ago. It's been exciting to update our alumni and all others that are interested in learning about the latest developments within the program. 

Moving forward we hope to have a new newsletter at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. 

To view the latest newsletter, please click on the link below. 

Fall 2018 Newsletter


Student Spotlight

March 2019

Mingke Li of Beijing, China is a second-year student who has a passion for entrepreneurship and conducting research.  Most recently, Mingke participated in the VIGH Case Competition 2019 and was involved with the Paraguay study abroad trip for academic credit at Vanderbilt.  Mingke is a very ambitious young woman with clear goals and strong abilities.  We have no doubt she will excel in her professional life after Vanderbilt!





Upcoming Events

Spring Break

Saturday, March 2, 2019-Sunday, March 10, 2019


GPED Forum Featuring Alumnus Enver Güney

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm


Awards Dinner

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Maggiano's Little Italy, 5:00 pm



Friday, May 10, 2019