Master of Science in Economic Development

In addition to providing graduate education in economic development through the Master of Science in Economic Development program (MSED) and the Graduate Certificate in Economic Development, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism provides assistance to economic developers across the state through four main approaches:

  1. Graduate students can work on class projects involving research for a community (e.g., retail pull factor analysis).
  2. Each student is required to do a thesis or capstone project. The capstone project involves completing an actual economic development research study (e.g., feasibility study).
  3. Each student is required to do an internship in an economic development organization.
  4. Communities can do sponsored research projects and tap into the faculty expertise and university data sources (e.g., EMSI and REMI).

Examples of class projects involving research for communities:

  • Retail Analysis for the City of Greenwood
  • Feasibility of a Livability Court for the City of Hattiesburg
  • Economic Impacts of a Native American Casino in Jones County, Miss.
  • Ecotourism Development in Noxubee County
  • Strategic Plans for Stone County, Sunflower County, Bolivar County and Historic Downtown Development Association
  • Community Study for the Hattiesburg Mid-Town District
  • Entrepreneurial Development Plan for the Area Development Partnership

Request an MSED intern/capstone or faculty expertise by contacting Dr. Chad Miller at 601.266.6666 or chad.r.miller@usm.edu.