The MA in International Development focuses on development theory, policy analysis, politics of institutions, relevant research and management skills. The program reflects an approach to development that emphasizes not only economic issues, but also the importance and interrelatedness of sustainable economic and human development, human rights, distributive justice and environmental sustainability. In many courses in the international development curriculum, students focus on linkages among scalar levels-from the most macro-level international institutions and initiatives to the most micro-level agendas and actions taken by communities, firms, families and individuals.
The program also emphasizes the diversity of needs, desires, opportunities and constraints that are experienced by individuals of differing socioeconomic classes, ethnicities and genders, as well as differences among nations and regions. Students are encouraged to understand and address the many power differentials that profoundly influence processes central to sustainable development.
Development student/alumni news and blogs
- David Resetar is a second-year student in the International Development program and an RPCV. Read David's blog to learn more about his experience at the Josef Korbel School.
- Alumna spotlight: Sarah Leavitt received her MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School. Watch her video describing her work with the Lambi Fund of Haiti and listen to her advice about internships.
- Alum spotlight: Matt Case received his MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School. Read his profile and learn about his work with the U.S. Department of State.
- Alumna spotlight: Katrina Berg received her MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School. Read her profile and learn about her work as she pursues a PhD at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
- View a video from Fred Oelsner, a recent graduate with an MA in International Development, talking about his experience as a Josef Korbel School student.