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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

We are thrilled to announce our Fall of 2018 semester newsletter is complete! A lot has happened since our last GPED newsletter was distributed several years ago. We're excited 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

January 2019

First-year student Caleb Espinoza was originally born in Nashville but raised in Honduras.  How is this possible? Caleb's father was in the GPED program at the time of his birth.  Remarkably, Caleb is now following in his father's footsteps over 20 years later.  Caleb's father was also the guest speaker at our awards dinner this past May.  He was recently asked to come out of retirement and was appointed Vice President of the Central Bank of Honduras.  Welcome, Caleb!


Upcoming Events

GPED Forum Featuring Alumna, Rebecca West
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Garland Hall 101, 4:00-5:20 pm