International Development Certificate (online)


  • Please note: The Graduate Certificate in International Development program is not currently admitting new students.
Program Information

The graduate certificate in International Development is a 15-credit program that explores the dynamics of international assistance efforts. It places particular emphasis on the positive and negative impact of globalization on poor and developing societies and the responsibilities of wealthier societies in that equation. The practical and theoretical curriculum will prepare students for careers in international development in such fields as: project management, consulting, project monitoring and evaluation and grantsmanship.

This certificate offers a multi-disciplinary curriculum consisting of studies in economics, politics, history, environmental sciences, education, anthropology, sociology and management. It looks at broad issues such as the relationship between poverty and governance as well as more nuanced questions regarding the role for civil-society and how to measure aid effectiveness.

An internship is required for successful completion of the certificate. Placements in developing countries will immerse students in the day-to-day rhythms and challenges facing communities and demonstrate how all the disciplines interrelate to solve real-world problems. Students will engage in meaningful work with local governments, NGOs and civic leaders and will finish off their studies with a written project related to their experience.

Who Is This Program For

This certificate is designed for individuals who are currently working for, or are seeking to enter, organizations such as the United Nations, international funding institutions, diplomatic services, country-specific aid agencies, military organizations, local and global NGOs, and academic programs that focus on supporting communities and governments in developing countries.

Post-Completion Options

Graduate level training is essential to pursue a career in international development. A post-baccalaureate-level program with a strong applied curriculum is valuable. For individuals with limited work experience, graduate school represents an opportunity to expand skills they may have been exposed to in previous work experience. For individuals without significant work experience, a graduate certificate offers the chance to fine-tune skills, gain exposure to other sectors and reflect on policy issues. Sound training in economics and public administration, including policy monitoring and evaluation may be broadly applied.

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