A concentration in International Development will provide you with a policy-focused understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing those who work to promote advancement in developing countries. You'll focus on such topics as economic programming and planning, political development, conflict and post-conflict recovery, sustainable development, international organizations, and the role of NGOs.
Think and act globally
Learn how to make change happen
By exploring these and other topics, you will gain the knowledge and the analytical skills needed to effectively design, implement, and evaluate international development programs. In short, you'll learn—in very real and practical ways—how to change the world.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in our MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. You'll then build on this foundation with three other required courses specific to international development:
- Development Economics (D 573)
- Comparative and International Affairs (D 578)
- Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (D 669)
Personalize your program
The remainder of your course work (9 credit hours) will come from a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your International Development program to your own specific interests. At least one of these electives must come from the list of methods courses. These are sample lists. To see all options, go to course descriptions, below.
- Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- A graduate level area studies or language studies course
- International Environmental Policy (E 535)
- Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (N 524)
- NGO Management in Comparative Perspective (N 534)
- Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship (V 559)
- Comparative Public Management and Administration (M 575)
- Approaches to Development (D 576)
- International Economic Strategies and Trade Policy (D 577)
- Conflict and Development (D 583)
- Tax Policy in Developing Countries (F 584)
- Sustainable Development (S 596)
- Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentrations course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your International Development concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Economic Development or Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management—can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.