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-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-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|
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