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Requirements | International Development

Learn about the requirements for students who wish to focus International Development. 

Master of Arts (MA) Requirements

MA students concentrating in International Development (IDEV) must complete at least 24 credits of applicable IDEV coursework and a program capstone. IDEV concentrators must complete a Plan of Study and have it approved by the program.

In addition, MA students who wish to concentrate in International Development must complete Constrained Economics and Quantitative Reasoning courses. Students may not double-count the Constrained Economics or Quantitative Reasoning courses toward their concentration. Quantitative Reasoning classes include: Statistics, Econometrics, Applied Econometrics, Macro Econometrics, and Quantitative Global Economics. Constrained Economics classes include: Comparative Perspectives on Economic Growth & Development, Economic Development, Introduction to Economic Development, Microeconomics of Development, Topics in Growth and Development, and Theories and Models of Economic Development (Bologna campus only).

IDEV concentrators must complete intermediate level Microeconomics or Statistics, with a grade of B- or above, prior to matriculating at Johns Hopkins SAIS. If they complete one of these courses at another university, they will need to pass a SAIS waiver exam in order to meet the IDEV requirement. A student can also complete a SAIS course in Microeconomics or Statistics through SummerNon-Degree, or Pre-Term programs to meet this requirement.

Students who wish to add a second policy/regional concentration must choose IDEV as their primary concentration.

To complete the IDEV concentration, students must complete:

  • One course International Development Proseminar (SA.400.821) [required in the fall semester of the first year]
  • Two courses starting with the prefix SA.400.XXX
  • Three courses from one of the Professional Fields. Students choose one of the following:
    • Development Economics (DevEc)
    • Finance and Development (F&D)
    • Governance, Politics and Development (GP&D)
    • Management for Development (MfD)
    • Social Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB)
    • Social Policy and Programs (SP&P)
    • Self-Designed (Program Approval Required)

3 IDEV courses (12 credits) including:

  • SA.400.821 International Development Proseminar
  • 2 additional courses (8 credits) with the IDEV prefix of SA.400.XXX
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International Development concentrators must complete one of the following capstones:

  • IDEV Comprehensive Written Exam
  • IDEV Practicum
  • Honors Oral Exam (if eligible)

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) Requirements

MIPP students can apply for an affiliation in their degree plan. At least three of your eight courses must be International Development courses to complete the affiliation requirement, including the mandatory gateway course SA.400.821 International Development Proseminar.

These requirements must be completed in addition to the requirements for your degree program.

Learning Goals

International Development concentrators will be able to critically analyze international political, economic and social questions from a variety of perspectives. They will develop practical skills for problem-solving, using tools and approaches from more than one discipline. In choosing their fields of study and extra-curricular options, students will develop their own interests and expertise within the broader field of international development.

  1. Students should be able to express themselves orally and in writing clearly, concisely and persuasively;
  2. Understand and critically analyze:
    • Key economic, political and social approaches or schools of thought in international development
    • Major current issues, organizations and actors in international development
    • A specific academic area of interest via a chosen specialized professional field
    • The roles played by communities, local and national governments, private and public sector actors in their professional field
    • The data in international development and its limitations; and
  3. Demonstrate practical, cross-disciplinary problem-solving skills using quantitative and qualitative tools.