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Economic Development - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg Hybrid Options*

Earn Your Master's Degree in Economic Development

Economic Development is the management of public-private investment collaborations to facilitate sustainable growth in the economy, typically measured by job creation, increased citizen wealth, a greater tax base, and improved quality-of-life. The program educates US-based local/regional economic development practitioners to raise the standard of living for their communities through business development, talent management, and quality-of-place creation. The program, known as the best in the nation is unique due to its outreach focus using data analytics

The College of Business and Economic Development is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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120% increase ED field since 2003
300+graduates since inception in 1979
100%placement of Economic Development graduates

What Will I Learn?

Students learn data driven Economic Development including:

  • How to retain and expand businesses,
  • How to market a community to attract business and talent,
  • How to conduct strategic planning,
  • How to manage an economic development organization in a political environment,
  • How communities can reduce the time, costs, and risks for real estate development,
  • How to manage entrepreneurial and small business development programs,
    Ethical behavior in economic development,
    and more.

Expert Faculty Who are There to Help

Our Faculty has extensive "real world" experience and work closely with the economic development profession. They are engaged in the community-solving problems and improving the quality-of-life of communities. They challenge students to work with actual communities as part of the educational experience. The faculty is not just educating students, they are developing future economic development colleagues.


Degree Plan Availability
Economic Development MSHattiesburg Hybrid
  • Economic Development Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Economic and Community Development Manager
  • Chamber of Commerce Director
  • Business Operations Manager
  • Main Street Director
  • Garrett Wright/ 2012
    Vice President/ Bay Economic Development Alliance
  • Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn/ 2011/ 
    Deputy Director of Economic Development/ St. Tammany Corporation
  • Larkin Simpson/ 2008
    Vice President – Major Employers Division/ Central Louisiana Economic Development
  • Tiffany A. Goodwin/ 2016
    Business Development Manager/ Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission
  • Shane Hooper/ 2018
    President/ Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning