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5 Top Masters in International Development in the USA

Harvard Kennedy School – Cambridge, MA, United States

Harvard Kennedy School, based in Cambridge offers students a two year Master degree in Public Administration in their International Development program. The program is an economics-centred, multidisciplinary program, designed to train the next generation of practitioners and leaders in the field of international development. It combines quantitive methods with an emphasis on policy and practice, with an in-depth mix of theoretical rigor and a practical approach.

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend the informal “coffee hour” information session that take place in a number of locations around the globe. These serve as a way for prospective students to learn more about the MPA/ID Program in an informal, relaxed setting. Applications for the fall 2018 admission will be available in September 2018, and the deadline is Monday, December 3. The course duration is 24 months and estimated tuition fee is 41 614 EUR/year. For more information about the program, how to apply, sourcing funding, and the dates for a “coffee hour” near you, visit the website.

Ohio University – Athens, OH, United States

The Ohio University, based in Athens Ohio, offers students the opportunity to obtain their Master degree in Public Administration through their two year program. The program serves to develop practitioners who will become catalysts and facilitators for change in developing contexts. The topic is approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, taking into consideration the theory, method and practical application of the course. Students are required to specialize in one of the following five concentrations: Environment, gender, health, social sciences and sports. Students are also required to choose one of the three broad tracks: A thesis, A professional project or the completion of a comprehensive examination.

Interested candidates are required to be proficient in English, and those who do not hold English as first language must have a TOEFL score of at least 0-120. A US bachelor’s equivalent degree, from a government recognized and accredited institution is required. Foreign students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or a foreign institution with a degree that is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. Tuition fees cost 14 9378 EUR per year and funding is available. For more information about the program, how to apply, sourcing funding, and the dates for a “coffee hour” near you, visit the website.

University of Denver – Denver, CO, United States

Obtain your Master’s degree in International Development at the University of Denver, based in Denver, Colorado. The program focuses on development theory, policy analysis, and politics of institutions, relevant research and management skills. It also emphasizes the diversity of needs and lack experienced by individuals of various socioeconomic groups, ethnicities, genders, nations and regions. Students will focus on the following topics: Health and Development, International Development in Cross-cultural Perspectives, Gender and Development, Gender and Health, Health and Humanitarian Aid

The full-time programme commences in January 2019 and is only available to candidates who are fluent in English and for foreign English students who has a TOEFL score of 0-120. The tuition fee is 24 632 EUR per year. For more information about the program, how to apply, sourcing funding, and the dates for a “coffee hour” near you, visit the website.

American University – Washington, DC, United States

Known as the MAID, the Master’s program for International Development is a program designed for students whose professional interests lie in a broad, multidisciplinary approach to international development theories. Those who are already involved in policy analysis, development and global education and research will find this program particularly interesting. The program has been offered by the School of International Service for more than 35 years, training students to participate effectively in driving socio-economic, political and environmental change throughout the world.

This two year full time course commences in January 2019 and interested candidates must be fluent in English or hold a TOEFL score of 0-120. Applicants must also hold a bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ and hold at least 24 credit hours of social science coursework relevant to international studies.

Tuition fees cost 1 353 EUR per credit. For more information about the program, how to apply, sourcing funding, and the dates for a “coffee hour” near you, visit the university website.

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN, United States

Providing you with a policy-focused understanding of the challenges one might face, working to promote advancement in developing countries, the Indiana University Master’s program in International Development is detailed and to the point. The course touches on topics such as economic programming and planning, political development, conflict and post-conflict recovery, sustainable development, international organizations and the role of the NGO.

The program commences in August 2019 and candidates can only apply if they are first language English or hold a TOEFL score of 0-120. The tuition fee is 24 790 EUR per year and funding is available. For more information about the program, how to apply, sourcing funding, and the dates for a “coffee hour” near you, visit the university website.

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