Admission to IED is Highly Selective

Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible before the deadline.

Application Requirements

  • Prerequisites

    Complete undergraduate or higher level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. Courses can be taken in an accredited program as part of a prior degree, non-degree, online, or, with conditional admission, in the first semester of the M.A. IEDP/M.

  • Language Proficiency

    Demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English prior to graduation from the M.A. IEDP/M.

  • Application/Fee/Resume

    Complete the Catholic University of America (CUA) graduate application online.

    For "Desired Program of Study”, select “School of Arts and Sciences” for “School” and either Integral Economic Development Policy (M.A.) or Integral Economic Development Management (M.A.) for “Degree”. If you choose Integral Economic Development Management, select either “Public Sector” or “Private Sector” for “Focus”. Submit application online with $60 nonrefundable application fee and resume/cv.

    When you submit the application, please forward the confirmation email you receive to the Program Director at

  • GRE or GMAT scores

    Request the testing agency to send the official score report for your test, taken in the last five years, to CUA, code 5104. Note the test date and scores on the application form. If you have not yet taken the test, indicate on the application form the date you plan to take it.

  • Transcripts

    Upload to the application unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate or higher level courses. If not in English, transcripts must be accompanied by a certified English translation from a recognized evaluator of international educational records, such as World Education Services (WES). If admitted, have each institution send official transcripts directly to CUA Office of Graduate Admissions; required before registering for classes.

  • Statement of Purpose

    Upload to the application an essay of 400 –700 words on why you aspire to pursue this graduate program in international development and how your education, training and experience have led you to this goal. Explain your choice of IEDP or IEDM. For IEDM, select either the public or private sector focus and discuss what influences your interest. Note your funding plans and whether you seek consideration for a partial scholarship toward tuition.

  • Recommendations

    List contact information for three recommenders on the application. CUA will send them a secure form with instructions on how to submit their recommendation online. Alternatively, they can submit the recommendation form and/or a letter by email to cua-gradadmissions@cua.eduSee the form at

  • English Proficiency

    Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Have the official scores sent to CUA (TOEFL code 5104). This applies to applicants whose native language is not English and for whom English was not the language of instruction for their undergraduate education. The test can be waived if the applicant meets one of the requirements detailed here.

  • Confirmation of Financial Support for International Students on F-1 Visa

    In order for CUA to issue documentation needed to apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and to maintain student status once in the United States, provide proof of adequate funds for studies and living. If sponsored by a government or other organization, submit an official letter of award from the sponsor with terms of support and funding amount. If sponsored by individual(s), submit a notarized statement of support from the sponsor and evidence of sponsor’s financial resources dated no more than 90 days prior to submission of application with three most recent consecutive bank statements documenting availability of required funds.

    If self-sponsored, also include letter on bank letterhead with name of account holder, date account opened, total deposits in 90 days preceding application, 90 day average balance and current balance with original signature of bank official.

Admissions Decisions

Admission decisions are made in a holistic, comprehensive manner, considering all aspects of the application. Candidates may be invited to interview with the Program Director. Merit-based, partial scholarships toward tuition are available.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the application materials as early as possible before deadlines. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by email, usually within three to four weeks after complete application materials, including official test scores, are submitted.


Admissions continue to be made on an ongoing, rolling basis. Submit your application soon to reserve a spot in the program!

Fall (August start)

February 15: Priority deadline for fall scholarship consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Spring (January start)

September 15: Priority deadline for spring scholarship consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.

Summer (May start)

April 1

For CUA graduate tuition and fee information, please click here.

For questions and assistance with the admissions process, please contact us.