M.A. Analytical Political Economy (MAPE)

The Master of Arts in Analytical Political Economy (MAPE) degree is a joint master’s program of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, necessitated by a growing interest in political economy and political science among young economists. These fields are converging, and policy economics — particularly macroeconomic and international trade policy — increasingly includes a strong political component.

Political economy examines the reciprocal relationships between politics and markets, both within and among countries, using a variety of analytical tools, including those of economics. Its concerns include interactions among economic and political development; cooperation and conflict among nations, groups, and individuals; the distribution of material resources and political power; the effects of political actors and institutions on economic outcomes; the causes and consequences of technological and structural change, growth, and globalization; and regulation.

The MAPE program offers a quantitatively rigorous curriculum rooted in economic and political theory, application, and analysis. You have the opportunity to gain experience with economic and mathematical modeling along with a deep understanding of how and why policies are developed and implemented.

Students undertaking an MA in Political Economy can pursue a specialized field of study in applied development and program evaluation in conjunction with DevLab@Duke. The Lab is an applied learning environment that focuses on connecting social scientists at Duke who work in international development with the community of development practitioners to develop rigorous programming, collect monitoring and evaluation data, and conduct impact evaluations of development projects. The lab connects faculty and graduate students from several departments and schools at Duke who have extensive experience in both international development and program evaluation, including a broad range of donor activities in the areas of education, health, governance, cross-sectoral programming, environment, labor markets and economic growth.

MAPE students are encouraged to take advantage of a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Development (MELD) Program. The MELD Program will provide paid internships and training opportunities during the academic year for students interested in a career in research and evaluation in the international development industry. Admission to MELD is subject to an application process and spaces are limited. In coordination with DevLab@Duke, the program will engage students in the management and implementation of real-world development research and evaluation, with the objective of strengthening both research and management skills.

See the MAPE website for more information: http://econ.duke.edu/masters-programs/degree-programs/mape

Requirements Overview

  • 30 credits in economics and political science, or related areas
    • 12 credits core economics (ECON) graduate courses selected from the subfields of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
    • 12 credits core political science (POLSCI) graduate courses, selected from the following approved courses:
    • 6 or more credits in Independent Study or Research with at least one faculty member from each department (either two 3-credit studies with a faculty mentor from each department or a 6-credit study jointly mentored)
  • Qualifying Exam - this is the same as the qualifying exam for political economy major field in the doctoral program which comprises the qualifying exam in political economy for students in the Political Science Ph.D. program, the core courses in political economy, and the required courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. The exam is administered by the Department of Political Science at the end of the spring semester, with optional offering at the end of fall semester upon DGSs approval.
    • A student who will have completed all other requirements by the end of the fall semester of year 2 may petition to take the political economy qualifying exam in late fall and graduate at the end of that semester.
    • A student taking the political economy qualifying exam in the spring of year 2 must remain in residence during that semester. Any travel potentially in conflict with this requirement must be cleared in advance with a program DGS.
  • Internship (optional)
  • Completion exercise/Portfolio - The student must pass a final portfolio review administered by the student’s committee covering a portfolio of learning and research activities carried out during their master’s studies. The portfolio must include one of the following items: all student (final) papers and slides from oral or written presentations as applicable; updated resume/CV; a summary of performance on each of the required courses and, when applicable, the research output from those courses.  This requirement is administered by the Economics Department.
  • Graduation Ceremony - Since both Political Science and Economics' graduation ceremonies happen at the same time, the student's concentration determines which department graduation ceremony the student will attend.

Effective Fall 2018, courses below the 500 level may not be applied toward the required credits needed for a post-baccalaureate degree. With the approval of their director of graduate studies and the associate dean for academic affairs, graduate students may enroll in lower-level courses, but these courses will not count toward any graduation requirement and will not be included in a student’s GPA calculation.

This new policy affects all UG (undergraduate-level) course registrations for incoming or continuing graduate students beginning in fall 2018 and beyond.  UG courses that graduate students have taken before fall 2018 will still count toward their degree credit requirements and GPA as allowed under the old policy.