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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 34.7k / Year
  • Deadline:
  • 15 1月 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 662pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years


    One billion people today still live in extreme poverty. Reducing world poverty and promoting growth and development in poor countries are among the major challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Bringing about this change has never been more urgent or more prominent in public discourse on international relations, or in the priorities of graduate students considering their future careers.

    Since the early 1990s, development practitioners and policy makers have significantly evolved in their views of what constitutes "development" -- from an exclusive focus on metrics of economic growth and poverty reduction to a more holistic sense of "human development." Nobel laureate Amartya Sen is best known for his pioneering work on the need for a more inclusive framework that promotes human flourishing in the fullest sense, including broadening people's choices, allowing them the freedom to achieve what they value and the development of their individual capacities to achieve human dignity.

    The goal of the Master of Global Human Development is to prepare students - through coursework, extra-curricular activity and a practical field work experience - to understand the challenges of development and provide them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals.

    Experts and seasoned practitioners in development today confirm that the field of international development requires professionals with a basic knowledge of development, strong analytic skills, specialized knowledge of particular areas of development and relevant skills that come from direct experience working in development.

    Successful professionals in development must be trained in a variety of relevant disciplines. They must have basic quantitative and analytical skills. They must have a familiarity with one or more specialized areas of development, such as health, private enterprise or environment/climate change. They must be flexible and able to work in a variety of types of organizations, which is what they will surely do in the course of their careers. And they must understand, both through their studies and their practical experience in development realities, the complexities and the challenges - as well as the rewards - of operating as a development professional. This degree seeks to provide its graduates with all of these competencies and more.

    The Global Human Development curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive; core courses cover a range of topics including the economics of development, politics and social change, program design and implementation, evaluation, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, financing and management. Students pursuing the Master of Global Human Development will complete 16 three-credit courses (a total of 48 credits), a summer field project, and at least one internship. In addition, students will participate in skills clinics and workshops, attend speaker events and work with mentors drawn from the development community in Washington, DC.

    GHDP-501 Economics of Development: Growth
    GHDP-502 Political Economy of International Development
    GHDP-503 Quantitative Methods for Research and Evaluation in Development
    GHDP-504 Strategy, Design and Implementation
    GHDP-505 Economics of Development: Poverty
    GHDP-506 Evaluation for Development
    GHDP-507 Development Finance
    GHDP-598 Management Analysis & Practice I
    GHDP-599 Management Analysis & Practice II
    GHDP-614 Agriculture and Food for Development
    GHDP-616 Education and Human Development
    GHDP-617 Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Development
    GHDP-622 Field Operations for Humanitarian Assistance
    GHDP-625 Applied Econometrics for Development Practitioners
    GHDP-634 International Health Policies
    GHDP-637 Cost-Benefit Analysis
    GHDP-643 Social Protection and Development: Theory and Practice
    GHDP-644 Highly Vulnerable Children
    GHDP-646 Elevating Development in Foreign and Economic Policy
    GHDP-650 Global Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
    GHDP-651 Innovation in Private Sector
    GHDP-655 Rethinking Global Development in a Changing Foreign Policy Context
    GHDP-656 Engines of Growth: Small and Medium Enterprises and the Missing Middle
    GHDP-658 Social Finance & Global Development
    GHDP-728 Advanced Topics in International Development
    GHDP-748 Advanced Econometrics I: Beyond Linear Regression
    GHDP-749 Advanced Econometrics II: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods
    GHDP-753 Global Food Supply Chains and Development
    GHDP-754 Quantitative Field Research Methods
    GHDP-756 Feast or Famine: Compilation and Analysis of Development and Nutrition Indicators for Decision-Making
    GHDP-757 Advanced Education Issues
    GHDP-758 Qualitative Field Methods
    GHDP-759 Agriculture, Environment, & Development: Political Economy Perspectives

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    • Bachelor's degree.
    • Completion of courses in introductory macro- and microeconomics and statistics (must be completed before enrollment).
    • Ability to function effectively in English and one other language (students must pass an oral proficiency exam before graduation, implying that they will have a reasonable command of one foreign language before entering the program).
    • Several years of experience living, studying, and working abroad is strongly recommended.
    • Application Form
    • A Supplemental Data Sheet
    • A statement of purpose
      1. What motivates you to work in development?
      2. Where do you think you will be and what will you be doing in 2030?
    • A resume or CV
    • Official Transcript(s) (hard copy or electronic) from all colleges/universities attended (in English)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • GRE or GMAT, for applicants with a degree from an accredited  college/university, supplemented by TOEFL/IELTS for students for whom English is not their primary language and who did not study at an accredited college/university where English was the language of instruction
    • Non-refundable $90 application fee


    • Assistantships: stipends provided in return for service in teaching, research, or other matters of an academic nature
    • Fellowships: stipend without a work obligation
    • Scholarships: tuition grants
    • Fulbright Scholarship Program (Visiting Scholar Program) 
    • International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
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