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Development Economics (graduate programme)

Logo_kierunki_DE1.jpgThe admission for the program is closed. 

Master's Programme in Development Economics (MADE) is a graduate programme which aims to provide necessary foundations in economics and policy design to future development specialists and advisors in international and governmental development agencies as well as non-governmental organisations. MADE opens each year with altogether 50 places for international and domestic students, while the best candidates (16%) may receive a tuition waiver. English is the sole language of instruction as both students and lecturers make up an international environment. The programme adheres to the strictest academic standards and leads to the degree of magister, corresponding to Master of Arts.

Development Economics programme is dedicated to people who wish to get involved in issues related to creating the foundations for a stable and sustainable economic growth in developing countries. Studies are prepared for candidates from all over the world, with particular attention to applicants from countries of the Global South.

The program was constructed so as to give a thorough knowledge based on the issues of economic and social development both in the context of scientific research and practical experience in the development and evaluation of solutions for economic policy. The aim is to meet the challenges of graduate competencies merits in developing countries, enabling the response to the demands and expectations of the various communities involved in this process - international organizations, public administration and research centers in various countries, as well as environmental NGOs.

During the first year students participate in core courses (analysis of macro- and microeconomics, econometrics, mathematical methods in economics) and basic field-of-study courses (development economics, international organizations and foreign aid issues). During the second year, each student creates an individualized program of study continuing improvement of knowledge and skills in the field of development economics in the context of compulsory subjects (institutional analysis, transformation processes and the links between economic and monetary policy in an open economy). During the whole study particular attention is devoted to the skills of application of analytical tools in solving genuine economic issues, thus giving the experience necessary to adequately diagnose problems, seek creative solutions and effective implementation of the changes.

The purpose of education in the specialty Development Economics is to provide graduates with a thorough knowledge of the functioning of an open economy and integration into the mainstream of world science, in which English is the primary means of communication. 

This specialty combines the features of both the research program and as a professional, depending on the chosen path of specialization. Graduates are able to formulate and solve economic problems in future scientific work, prepare expertise, and consult. The international dimension of the program, reflected, among other things, in the everyday interactions with foreigners makes participants of the program from the outset are accustomed to working in a multicultural environment.

In addition to the equipment of students with advanced knowledge and high skills tools, educate the ability to adapt to a changing economic environment, including changes in the labor market. Allow students to develop the ability to work in a group, as well as coordinate the work of others in research teams. Development Economics help promote the intellectual attitude of openness, creativity and flexibility, the ability for self-education and awareness gained qualifications or qualities particularly valued in the labor market.

Particular value is education in the students flexible professional attitudes, characterized by entrepreneurship and innovation, the ability to adapt to changes in the economic environment, work independently and in teams. 

Programme objectives

The demand for experts in the field of development will be growing in the coming years, as the understanding of the important role of institutions dealing with international development organisations is growing in both aid receiving and aid providing countries. Highly qualified professional staff is needed everywhere where aid strategies are being developed, where reforms in market organisation and social policies are implemented. Within the past years local authorities expressed a growing recognition for the role professional, apolitical advisors can play in these processes.

The scope of study provides students with a solid foundation in economic theory and acquaints them with the latest trends in the field of developmental processes. Course of study offers a unique combination of program structure and targeted flexibility. Graduate will have a vast knowledge of economics with a specialization in development economics, using a variety of analytical tools to assess ex-ante, interim and ex-post evaluation of projects in the field of investment and development, education, health, social policy, etc. The graduate will be able to make decisions and solve problems related to the identification of development goals and methods, their implementation, and evaluation, using techniques qualitative analysis of the projects.

Graduate profile

Graduate of MADE will acquire a thorough knowledge in the field of economics and development policies and hands-on experience with various analytical tools for project analysis in the field of infrastructure development, education, healthcare and social policy. 

Program prepares students for a career in this specialization at managerial levels and experts at home and abroad, especially in the event of highly specialized analysts, specialists and consultants in the field of economic development planning, strategy creation, development and evaluation of economic policy and planning. Broad knowledge of economic theory and trends in the modern economy internationally opens up employment opportunities in both the public administration (complicity in shaping economic policy formation and evaluation of economic projects), international aid and development institutions (World Bank, IMF, OECD, etc.) as well as non-governmental organizations as well as the fastest growing consulting firms.

Future employment of students may be placed in

  • international institutions (the International Monetary Fund , World Bank, OECD , European Union institutions),
  • institutions are designing, implementing development programs around the world,
  • the private sector in positions of experts, advisers, consultants and specialized analysts,
  • analytical and research institutions at home and abroad.

Another objective is to allow for further, in-depth studies in the field of economic theory and its applications using advanced analytical tools for doctoral studies in Poland and abroad.

Application deadlines

The admissions for the program are closed.


Academic year 2015/2016



Tuition fees charged in AY 2015/2016

Tuition fee charged from non-EU/EFTA candidates: 2100 Euro a year
+ 200 Euro
 of additional one-time payment
Tuition fee
charged from PL/EU/EFTA candidates:
8800 PLN a year

Maximum 16% of candidates may receive 70% tuition waivers for the first year of the programme.

Programme coordinator

dr hab. Joanna Tyrowiczdr hab. Joanna Tyrowicz

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