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Master's in Local Economic Development

Master of Applied Environmental Studies (MAES) in Local Economic Development


Established in 1988, the Local Economic Development (LED) graduate program is the only master's program in Canada devoted solely to local economic development. With only 15-20 students admitted per year, graduates leave UWaterloo with credentials that are rare in the economic development field. 

This four-term full time or part time master's program is designed to prepare students for careers in local, community, or regional economic development. It offers a balance between theory and practice by combining coursework, a major research paper, an internship, and weekly seminars featuring guest speakers. 

The academic program includes an innovative and responsive curriculum that addresses local economic development theory, policy and practice in areas such as:
  • strategic economic planning
  • regional development governance and policy
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • sustainable development strategies
  • urban and community development
  • green economy, green energy
  • social entrepreneurship & innovation
  • labour market dynamics
  • urban-rural linkages
  • local food initiatives
  • creative and cultural economies

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Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
N2L 3G1. Dean's Office located on the third floor of Environment 1 (EV1 on map).

519-888-4567 ext. 33463

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