Master of Arts in Economics

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Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Duration of Program: 
2 Years
About this Program: 

Programme Objectives

The main aim of the Collaborative Masters Programme (CMAP) is to develop economics masters programmes in Africa that meet international standards, are relevant to African needs and can eventually be sustained from local resources. Specifically, the programme is intended to meet the following two objectives:

To train economists in advanced theory and methods, mainly for policy analysis and economic management within government, but also for employment in the private sector and universities;

To provide the foundations for a smaller number who can subsequently undertake more advanced study at the doctoral level, mainly for employment in universities and research institutes.

In this framework, the programme is intended to strengthen the teaching and research capacity of university departments of economics, as well as reduce the need for African countries to purchase training abroad when services of comparable quality can potentially be provided at home at reasonable cost.

Target Group

MA (Econ) is regional program which aims at improving the efficiency of the public and private sectors in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa through the enhancement of capacity for economic policy analysis and management. The program targets practitioners who work for Government, International organizations, and Non-governmental Organizations.

About African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), established in July 1988, is a public not-for-profit organization devoted to advanced policy research and training. It was established on two basic remises. First, that improvement in economic policies was a necessary condition for sustained economic growth. Second, that economic policy making depended to a significant degree upon locally-based research conducted by highly qualified and motivated resident national economists.

The principal objective of the AERC is thus to strengthen local capacity to conduct independent research into problems pertinent to the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. The effort builds on an initiative started in 1984, and based on the conclusion shared by African governments and external agencies that effective economic policy making is essential for the social and economic development of the region.

Since its establishment, the AERC has been supported by private foundations, bilateral aid agencies and international organizations. In turn, AERC supports research and training focusing on issues relating to short and longterm management of the economy and the relationship between management and economic development, as well as conferences, seminars and workshops, and publication of the results of research and training.

In response to special needs of the region, the AERC Research Programme has adopted a flexible approach to improve the technical skills of local researchers, allow for regional determination of research priorities, strengthen national institutions concerned with economic policy research, and facilitate closer ties between researchers and policy makers.

The training Programme augments the pool of economic researchers in sub-Saharan African by supporting graduate studies in economies as well as improving the capacities of departments of economics in local public universities.

AERC support two programmes, the Collaborative Masters Programme (CMAP) and the Collaborative PhD Programme (CPP). The host Universities for the CPP are: University of Dar-es-Salaam, University of Ibadan, University of Cape Town, University of Yaoundé .