International Development

Effective Fall 2019

International Development aims to improve the welfare of the world’s economically disadvantaged countries and regions while addressing poverty and empowering those most vulnerable to improve their daily lives. Successful development strategy includes engaging and collaborating across various entities such as government, business, communities, non-governmental organization, among others. Impactful development policy also relies on data and empirical evidence in an effort to devise sound solutions. The International Development track offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to apply data-based techniques of economics to the analysis of practical problems in international development. The track will particularly appeal to those students interested in advanced economic policy combined with training in the socio-political facets of development. The successful completion of this track will enable students to find positions with government, think tanks, and international organizations.

To ready students for careers in the field, the curriculum includes foundational courses necessary to understand global trends that pertain to or impact international development as well as courses that emphasize methodology and policy analysis so as to create the type of capacity needed for sustainable solutions. These foundational courses will be complemented by additional methods and policy courses focusing on the tools that development economists utilize. In addition, specific courses on development, growth and trade will be offered covering topics such as government response/intervention, foreign aid policies/projects, micro-finance, health and educational interventions, role of international institutions, geography and climate, and international commerce as it relates to economic and social outcomes.

Most unique to our curriculum is a Capstone Project whereby students work in partnership with a corporation, non-profit organization, or government agency/international institution on a topic of mutual interest. Supervised by a MAGA faculty member and a mentor from the capstone partner, the Capstone Project culminates in a research paper and presentation. The entire curriculum is supplemented with Professional Development Seminars that provide additional skills in areas such as leadership, team building, interviewing, and grant writing. Students may also partake in intensive foreign language instruction through the program’s Optional Language Component. During the summer, between the first and second years, students are encouraged to pursue internships with governments, international organizations, think tanks, not-for-profit organizations, consulting firms and other entities with an interest in international development.

Plan of Study

Year One

  • First Semester (9 credits)
    • Foundations of Globalization (3 credits)
    • Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits)
  • Second Semester (9 credits)
    • Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
  • Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • Program Design and Evaluation OR Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
    • International Development Course (3 credits)
  • Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars