The Joint International and Development Economics/Forestry & Environmental Studies Master’s Degree Program
Natural resources are important to the economic development process. Forests, water, minerals, and hydrocarbons comprise the inputs to basic industries. Without careful management, the by-products of development can despoil local environments with consequent costs to public health, life quality, and further development itself. Natural resources and climate change also play an increasingly important role in the relationships among developing and economically advanced nations.
In two and one-half years students of this joint degree obtain both
- Master of Arts degree in Economics
and one of four degrees from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies: Master’s of
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Science
- Forest Science
The program is designed for individuals who envision careers whose central missions relate natural resource and consequences of climate change to economic development or trade.
Program of Study
The joint IDE/F&ES program requires a minimum of two and one-half years in residence and the successful completion of at least 20 courses.
Students in the joint program must complete all 8 required IDE courses (core & electives) in the two and one-half year period.
The 12 required F&ES courses (eight core and four elective courses) are designed to develop a broad multidisciplinary foundation for problem solving. In addition to their core courses students will choose an advanced study area within which they chose their elective courses. The nine advanced study areas include
- Ecosystems & Biodiversity
- Environment, Health & Policy
- Forestry, Forest Science & Management
- Global Change Science & Policy
- Industrial Environmental Management
- Policy, Economics & Law
- the Social Ecology of Conservation & Development
- Urban Ecology & Environmental Design
- Water Science, Policy & Management.
Linkage of the summer internship (between the first and second residence years) and the independent project is desirable but not required. With sufficient planning, the independent project can be completed in absentia.
Finally, joint IDE/F&ES students are required to complete the three-week technical skills training module prior to beginning at F&ES. These modules are offered every August.
Students may enter the joint IDE/F&ES program by two alternate routes. Applicants may apply to both the Graduate School and to the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at the same time and state their intention to pursue a joint degree, or they may apply to one school before the end of their first year of study at the other. In either case, application is made separately to the two schools, and each school makes its own admission decisions. Applicants will be admitted only at the beginning of the fall term except for those applying after one term of residence.
In recognition of the increasing relationship between international development and public health issues, the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and the International and Development Economics Program (IDE) in the Department of Economics offer a joint degree program in public health and international development. This program is especially oriented to individuals who plan careers in international health and economic development.
The joint degree program normally requires two and one half years of study.
Successful candidates are awarded the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Economics at the conclusion of the two and one half year period. A joint degree student will pay tuition to YSPH for three semesters and to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for two semesters.
A joint degree is more than simply a list of courses taken at both Schools. It is an integrated educational program which is designed to achieve a combination of the two programs in a way that is complementary to both while protecting the integrity of each separate program. The DGS in International and Development Economics and the Dean of Student Affairs at YSPH will consult regularly to review the progress of students in the joint program.
Admissions decisions are made independently by YSPH and the Yale Graduate School. Students may apply to both schools at the same time, or they may apply to one school during their first academic year at the other. Applicants who apply simultaneously must indicate that they are doing so on each application. Students who are already enrolled in one of the programs must inform both programs of their intention to apply to become joint degree students. Students must formally apply and be accepted into both the YSPH and IDE programs before enrolling as joint degree students.
Program of Study
The normal pattern for joint degree candidates is to spend the first year mostly in one program and the second year predominantly in the other. In the fifth semester, students combine international development and public health courses. The two schools have made accommodations in order to make possible the completion of the joint courses of study in five semesters without burdening students with extraordinary course loads in any term.
Joint degree candidates must complete all of the normal departmental required courses as described in the Yale School of Public Health Bulletin. All students must complete a set of core courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences. Students must also complete all required courses in the division of their concentration and the internship and thesis requirements. Joint degree students need only to complete a total of 15 YSPH course units for the joint degree.
To fulfill the MA requirement students have to take and pass all six IDE core courses as well as the four elective courses. Students also have to fulfill all grade requirements as stated by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Each course taken may only be counted toward one degree.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Joint degree candidates will owe three terms’ tuition to YSPH and two terms’ tuition to the Graduate School. Students requesting financial aid during a particular semester must make arrangements with the school charging tuition during that semester. Tuition, fees, and financial aid policies may differ between the two schools. The Graduate School does not provide financial assistance to students in the IDE program. Students should consult the financial aid officers in each school for a description of their respective policies.