Masters of Economic Development - Curriculum & Courses

Required Courses (18 hours):

  • ED 646 - Marketing and Business Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 722 - Economic Development Theory & Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • ED 725 - Entrepreneurship and Technology-Based Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 736 - Real Estate and Land Use Planning for Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 698 or 789 - Capstone (3 hrs) or Thesis
  • ED 791- Internship (3 hrs)

Elective Courses (12 hours):

  • ED 701 - True South Economic Development Basic Course (3 hrs)
  • ED 747 - Recruiting Innovative Businesses (3 hrs)
  • ED 761 - Contemporary Issues in Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 765 - Business Retention and Expansion (3 hrs)
  • ED 764 - Economic Development Theory (3 hrs)
  • ED 748 - Globalization and International Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 742 - Labor Markets and Workforce Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 730 - Innovation and Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 727 - Sustainability and Community Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 724 - Financial Principles for Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 721 - Management and Ethics for Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 667 - Community Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 665 - Tourism and Service as Economic Development (3 hrs)
  • ED 662 - Economic Development and the Environment (3 hrs)
  • ED 656 - Rural Economic Development (3 hrs)

Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Courses:

  • IET 672 - Global Supply Chain Management (3 hrs)
  • IET 671 - Supply Chain Modeling & Analysis (3 hrs)
  • IET 670 - Supply Chain Design & Management (3 hrs)
  • IET 571 - Logistics Distribution Systems (3 hrs)
  • IET 570 - Logistics Transportation Systems (3 hrs)
  • IET 505 - Production & Inventory Control (3 hrs)
  • IET 513 - Lean Production Systems (3 hrs)

2013/2014 Schedule

True South Basic Economic Development Course

Course Descriptions:

ED 646 Marketing and Business Development for Economic Development (3 credit course) -The course provides the student with instruction in concepts and practices associated with marketing, business recruitment, and business retention and expansion in economic development.

ED 656 Rural Economic Development (3 credit course)-The purpose of this course is to examine the role, status, and situation of rural people and places in a largely metropolitan United States. This course's main theme is to examine how rural populations, communities, and economies have persisted and changed in the face of macro-level forces such as metropolitan expansion, technological innovation, globalization, economic restructuring, and changing public policy.

ED 662- Economic Development and the Environment (3 credit course)-The green economic development class explores the emerging trend of leveraging concern for the environment and energy to create economic development. This class will attempt to cut through the hyperbole and rhetoric to examine how communities can create jobs, wealth, improve quality of life, and increase the tax base with green economic development. Also, includes a study of sustainable development, wetlands, resource conservation, environmental impact statements, and permitting.

ED 665- Tourism and Service as Economic Development (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the mechanisms used by ED professionals to create and sustain tourism and service-based economies. Amenity, heritage, and asset based development models will be discussed. Focuses on methods for attracting tourism, hospitality, and gaming businesses as target sectors for economic development. Includes a study of ecotourism and the gaming industry. Students will also be exposed to ED professionals working in the fields.

ED 667 Community Development (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to examine the nature of community. Specifically, how the defining of community affects the interaction and success of community initiatives; some of the strategies in community development organizing; the relationship between community-based development and overall economic and development; and, how the positive outcomes of community-based development be enhanced and negative impacts minimized.

ED 701 The New Economy (3 credit course) – The New Economy is a week-long intensive course presenting a comprehensive overview of economic development as a process, a practice, and a profession. The course focuses on exposing participants to the tactics, techniques and strategies associated with effective economic development. Noted experts and distinguished faculty in the field of economic development will offer insights into doing business in an increasingly complex economy.

ED 721 Management and Ethics for Economic Development (3 credit course)-The course provides the student with instruction in the basic management, leadership, and ethical concepts and practices found in economic development. The course will inform the student about the meaning and significance of professional practice.

ED 722 Economic Development Theory & Research Methods (3 credit course)-The course provides the student with a foundation of the most important theories underlying local/regional and state economic development, and an overview of the most important research methods and data used in economic development.

ED 725 Technology-Based Entrepreneurship in Economic Development (3 credit course)–The course provides the student with instruction in the entrepreneurship and technological innovation theories, concepts and strategies in economic development and how to work with them in practice.

ED 727 Sustainability and Community Development (3 credit course)–The course provides the student with instruction in the importance of sustainability and community development in economic development.

ED 730 Innovation-Based Economic Development (3 credit course)–The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to innovation-based economic development. Students will be exposed to a variety of case studies and working models of IBED. Students will also be engaged in efforts underway with the University and its partners to development new IBED opportunities. This course will also highlight emerging changes in the economic development practice and profession.

ED 736 Real Estate and Land use Planning for Economic Development (3 credit hour)-The course provides the student with instruction in concepts and practices associated with real estate, planning, and law in economic development.

ED 747 Recruiting Innovative Businesses (3 credit course)–The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools, tactics, and methods of business recruitment. The course will also demonstrate to students models of cluster development, targeted recruitment, and public/private partnerships. Students will be exposed to experts in the field conducting business recruitment at the local, state, and regional levels.

ED 748 Globalization and International Development (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to explore the impact of globalization on local, regional, and state economic development in the United States. Economic development in developing countries will also be considered. Part of the course will examine the phenomena of globalization and part will examine economic development strategies that communities can take to address the challenges and opportunities created by globalization. Export promotion, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), outsourcing, and immigration are some of the topics covered.

ED 761 Contemporary Issues in Economic Development (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of current issues facing economic development professionals and the role that they play in regional economic development. Management of economic development organizations will take a prominent role in this course. Case studies will be examined and students will be expected to critically analyze the management of economic development organizations. Students will be provided with a variety of theoretical overviews, perspectives, and potential applications of the theories.

ED 764 Economic Development Theory (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental economic development theories requisite to their success in the field. Students will be provided with a variety of theoretical overviews, perspectives, and potential applications of the theories. It is expected that students will also engage in critical analysis of the economic development theories, thereby increasing their utility in real world applications.

ED 765 Business Retention and Expansion (3 credit course) – The purpose of this course is to provide students an overview of BR&E strategies and practices. This course will highlight tools used by ED professionals in the field; case studies of successful BR&E; and opportunities to meet with professionals conducting BR&E.

IET 5054 Production and Inventory Control Systems. 3 hrs. Perquisite: IET 505L. Principles of production and inventory planning and control. Forecasting techniques, EOQ, MRP, production scheduling, line balancing, CPM/PERT.

IET 513 Lean Production Systems. 3 hrs. The strategic and tactical elements of lean production systems.

IET 570 Logistics Transportation Systems. 3 hrs. Analysis, design, and implementation of domestic and international transportation systems of people, processes, and technology.

IET 571 Logistics Distribution Systems. 3 hrs. The analysis, design, and implementation of distribution systems of people, processes, and technology.

IET 670 Supply Chain Design and Management. 3 hrs. Designing and managing supply chain functions in a typical logistics environment.

IET 671 Supply Chain Modeling and Analysis. 3 hrs.. The design and operation of contemporary supply chains, with a special emphasis of modeling and analysis.

IET 672 Global Supply Chain Management. 3 hrs. Relationships between supply chain entities and global issues which influence the management of those relationships.