Master of Arts in the Field of International Development Studies

The master of arts in the field of international development studies (IDS) degree program prepares students for professional careers in the field of international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes the study of research methods, policy analysis, development economics, and management. In addition to the required core course sequence, which provides core competencies needed of all development professionals, students focus their studies by creating their own area of specialization in coordination with the program director. 

The IDS program culminates in a capstone project where students work on a real-world consulting experience with a development organization. In past years, capstone projects have addressed a broad range of topics, including private sector development, rural education, microfinance, HIV/AIDS, environmental conservation, gender-based violence, municipal planning, and many others. Teams have pursued these projects and conducted fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. 

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 40 credits, including 6 credits in core field courses, a 4-credit capstone course sequence, 12 credits in analytical courses, 18 credits in an area of specialization, In addition, all students must fulfill a foreign language proficiency requirement (see below). 

See notes regarding special topics and professional skills courses, the capstone, and the thesis option.* 

Required
Core courses (6 credits)
Taken in the following sequence:
IAFF 6121International Development Studies Cornerstone (3 credits, taken in the first semester)
IAFF 6122Development Policy and Practice (3 credits, taken in the second semester)
Analytical courses (12 credits—see below for course areas and options)
Area of specialization (18 credits—see below for potential areas of specialization and associated courses)
Capstone (4 credits)
Students are required to complete a two-semester capstone sequence that involves securing a sponsoring client outside the University and fulfilling a project with that client of mutual interest and research in international development. The capstone sequence includes a 1-credit pre-capstone course that must be taken in the fall of the student's second or third year and a 3-credit capstone course that must be taken in the spring of the student's second or third year. Both courses in the capstone sequence must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6137Development Studies Pre-Capstone Workshop
IAFF 6139International Development Studies Capstone
Professional skills courses
The Elliott School offers a series of one-credit workshops on a variety of topics. Students are encouraged to consider taking up to three of these skills courses. Up to 3 credits of professional skills courses can be applied to one's specialization in the IDS program.
Additional thesis option
Students who wish to complete a thesis do so in addition to the capstone requirement. Students pursuing a thesis must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and approval from the faculty member who will serve as their thesis director. Thesis students also need to complete at least one research methods course prior to enrolling in thesis courses. Thesis credits are counted as specialization credits with Program Director approval. The two 3-credit thesis courses must be taken consecutively.
IAFF 6998Thesis
IAFF 6999Thesis

Analytical courses (12 credits)

Students must take one course in each of the four following areas to fulfill this requirement. All courses for this requirement must be completed by the end of the third semester to fully prepare students for the capstone project in their final semester. In addition to the courses listed under each requirement, other appropriate courses may count towards requirements with the approval of the Program Director.
Economics (taken during the first semester)
Management
Research methods
A choice between policy analysis or a second course in research methods
Economics (3 credits)
Required:
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development *
*Students with a strong economics background may substitute a more advanced development economics course with Program Director approval.
Management (3 credits)
One of the following:
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Managing Study Abroad and International Students)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Planning for Education Reform)
EMSE 6001The Management of Technical Organizations
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6285Analytical Tools for Energy Management
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
EMSE 6330Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response
EMSE 6350Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management
EMSE 6820Program and Project Management
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
MGT 6281Small Business Management
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6032Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6513Community Health Management
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
Research Methods (3 credits)
At least one of the following courses:
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
ANTH 6531Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Qualitative Methods)
GEOG 6305Geospatial Statistics
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Applied Qualitative Methods)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Research Methods in Global Gender Issues)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance) **
IAFF 6501Quantitative Analysis for International Affairs Practitioners
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Development)
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6013Econometrics for Policy Research I
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6502Practical Data Analysis for Prevention and Community Health
Students who wish to take a public health course not listed above to fulfill their research methods requirement should consult their advisor before enrolling in the course.
SOC 6230Sociological Research Methods
SOC 6232Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research
Policy Analysis (3 credits)
One of the following courses. In lieu of a policy analysis course, students may opt to take a second research methods course.
EDUC 6371Education Policy (Policy Making in Education)
EDUC 6388Analysis of Education Policy Issues
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Political Issues and International Education in Developing Countries)
IAFF 6102Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Policy in the Gulf)
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6014Microeconomics for Public Policy II
PPPA 6049Urban and Regional Policy Analysis
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6325Federal Policymaking and Policy Advocacy
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy

Areas of specialization (18 credits)

In consultation with the program director, students design their own area of specialization based on their interests and career goals. The list of specializations below is illustrative, and students’ field of specialization may include a combination of more than one of these popular thematic areas in international development or may involve other issues not covered below. Courses listed, likewise, should be treated as illustrative examples, not requirements. Up to 3 credits of professional skills courses can be applied to the specialization. Students are strongly encouraged to select courses offered by schools throughout the University as well as approved courses offered by other institutions through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.”

Conflict and Development
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6315Management of Risk and Vulnerability for Hazards and Terrorism
EMSE 6330Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Gender, War, and Peace)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Law and Use of Force)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Power, Politics, and Development in Africa)
IAFF 6163Transnational Security
IAFF 6171Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Conflict Prevention and Early Warning)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Countering Violent Extremism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Insurgency and Counterinsurgency)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Organized Crime)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Political Risk Analysis)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Security in the Americas)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Building Resilient Communities)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Conflict and Corruption: the Resource Curse)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Project Management and Evaluation for Security)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Technology for International Crisis Response)
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
SMPA 6274Media and War
Culture, Society, and Development
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Capitalism and Neoliberalism)
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (Globally Shared Heritage)
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems (War and Memory)
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
ANTH 6508Ethics and Cultural Property
GEOG 6208Land Use and Urban Transportation Planning
GEOG 6224Seminar: Political Geography
GEOG 6232Migration and Development
GEOG 6243Seminar: Urban Geography
GEOG 6244Urban Sustainability
IAFF 6136Gender and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Economic Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Local Government, Decentralization, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Power, Politics, and Development in Africa)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Youth and Development)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Cross Cultural Communications)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Participatory Planning)
PHIL 6290Special Topics in Public Policy (Human Rights, Ethics, and Public Policy)
SOC 6245Race Relations
SOC 6248Race and Urban Redevelopment
Democracy and Governance
GEOG 6224Seminar: Political Geography
HIST 6050Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Civil Society and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Democracy and Governance Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Local Government, Decentralization and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty and Bottom-Up Development)
IAFF 6208Special Topics in Global Communication (Communication in Modern Diplomacy)
PPPA 6048Financing State and Local Government
PPPA 6085Special Topics in Public Policy (Innovation in the Public Sector)
PPPA 6085Special Topics in Public Policy (Nonprofit Cross-boundary Leadership)
PMGT 6401Fundamentals of Political Management
PMGT 6410Grassroots Engagement
PMGT 6422State and Intergovernmental Politics
PMGT 6490Special Topics (Assessing Political Risk)
PSC 6336The Political Economy of China, India, and Beyond
PSC 6364Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe
PSC 6370Politics of China I
PSC 6377Comparative Politics of the Middle East
PSC 6379Government and Politics of Africa
PSC 6383Comparative Politics of Latin America
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Nation Building)
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Politics and Policy in Asia)
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (State and Society in East Asia)
PSC 6388Topics in Comparative Politics (Theories of Political Development)
PSC 6465The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
PSC 6478International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 6484International Relations of Latin America
PSC 8334Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
SMPA 6204Strategic Political Communication
SMPA 6208Politics and Public Relations Fundamentals
SMPA 6270Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs (Communication in Modern Diplomacy)
SMPA 6270Special Topics in Media and Public Affairs (Media in Developing World)
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6241Gender, Law, and Politics
Economic Development
ECON 6217Survey of Economics I
ECON 6219Managerial Economics
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ECON 6250Survey of Economic Development (*** Already used in core? )
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
ECON 6280Survey of International Economics
ECON 6283Survey of International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 6284Survey of International Macroeconomics and Finance Theory and Policy
ECON 6295Special Topics (Applied Behavioral Economics)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Econ Analysis International Trade Law)
ECON 6295Special Topics (Economic Forecasting)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Economic Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Poverty and Bottom-up Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Private Sector Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Social Enterprise and Development)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (Development and Trade Policy in LDCs)
IAFF 6358Special Topics in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (Economic and Social Development of Latin America)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Oil: Industry, Economy, Society)
IAFF 6378Special Topics in Middle East Studies (Political Economy of the Middle East)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Analyzing International Economic Data)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Art and Practice of Global Investing)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Mobile Phones for International Development)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Public Private Partnerships)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategy and Management of Countries in Economic Transitions)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategy, Global Markets and Politics)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Today's Market)
Gender and Development
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Gender in International Education and Development)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Inequality in International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (UNESCO: 21st Century Agenda Topics)
IAFF 6102Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Gender, War, and Peace)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Global Gender Research Methods for Practitioners)
IAFF 6136Gender and Development
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender and Economic Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Gender, Disaster, and Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Identity and CVE)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Gender Advisor: Roles and Skills)
MGT 6290Special Topics (Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership)
WGSS 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
WGSS 6221Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 6230Global Feminisms
WGSS 6238Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications
WGSS 6240Gender and Public Policy
WGSS 6241Gender, Law, and Politics
WGSS 6268Race, Gender, and Class
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Global Islamic Feminisms)
WGSS 6270Seminar: Selected Topics (Women and Gender in International Perspectives)
Global Health
Required course:
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
Supporting courses:
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6054Community Engagement and Advocacy
PUBH 6099Topics in Public Health (Research: Violence Against Women)
PUBH 6099Topics in Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive Health Monitoring)
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6250Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS
PUBH 6252Advanced Epidemiology Methods
PUBH 6253Issues in HIV Care and Treatment
PUBH 6259Epidemiology Surveillance in Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6264Quantitative Methods
PUBH 6266Biostatistical Methods
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6315Introduction to Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6320Advanced Health Policy Analysis
PUBH 6340Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Comparative Health Policy)
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare)
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Global Health Diplomacy)
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Prescription Drugs Policy and Public Health)
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Public Health and Health Reform)
PUBH 6399Topics in Health Policy (Reproductive Health Policy)
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6416Ethical and Cultural Issues in Global Health Research and Programs
PUBH 6430Theories for Global Health Communication Interventions
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6441Global Health Organizations and Regulations
PUBH 6442Comparative Global Health Systems
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
PUBH 6481Global Mental Health
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and Global Food Production (1 credit)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Anthropology of Global Health)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Global Health Program Evaluation)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Essentials for Success in Global Health Communication)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (International Health Organizations)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Nutrition, Food, and Communicable Diseases in Emerging Countries)
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Population and Sustainable Development)
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6502Practical Data Analysis for Prevention and Community Health
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6510Community-Oriented Primary Care Principles and Practice
PUBH 6512Community-Oriented Primary Care Policy and Issues
PUBH 6513Community Health Management
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6516Community Health Information Resources
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6532Community Organization, Development, and Advocacy
PUBH 6535Promotion of Mental Health
PUBH 6550Maternal and Child Health I
PUBH 6551Maternal and Child Health II
PUBH 6552Women's Health
PUBH 6553Adolescent Health
PUBH 6571Social Marketing: Theory and Practice
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
PUBH 6573Media Advocacy for Public Health
PUBH 6599Topics in Prevention and Community Health (Economic Evaluation for Health Professionals)
Humanitarian Assistance
ANTH 6707Issues in Middle East Anthropology
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6315Management of Risk and Vulnerability for Hazards and Terrorism
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
EMSE 6330Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response
EMSE 6345Disaster Recovery and Organizational Continuity
EMSE 6350Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management
EMSE 6992Special Topics (Next Generation Environmental Self-Governance)
EMSE 6992Special Topics (Research Methods)
EMSE 6992Special Topics (Systems Engineering in an Enterprise Context)
GEOG 6309GIS for Emergency Management
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Care of Children in Complex Emergencies)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Human Trafficking)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Countering Violent Extremism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (International Peacekeeping)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Responses to Terrorism)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Stabilization and Peacebuilding)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Terrorism Today (Online))
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation for Development)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Technology for International Crisis Response)
PUBH 6480Public Health in Humanitarian Settings
International Development Management
EMSE 6001The Management of Technical Organizations
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6285Analytical Tools for Energy Management
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6320International Disaster Management
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
EMSE 6330Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response
EMSE 6350Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management
EMSE 6820Program and Project Management
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Water Resources Policy and Management)
GEOG 6309GIS for Emergency Management
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World's Waters)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs)
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
PPPA 6016Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation
PPPA 6031Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
PPPA 6032Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy
PPPA 6057International Development Administration
PPPA 6058International Development NGO Management
PPPA 6059International Development Management Processes and Tools
PPPA 6062Community Development Policy and Management
PPPA 6077Case Studies in Public Policy
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6435Global Health Program Development and Implementation
PUBH 6436Global Health Program Management and Leadership
PUBH 6513Community Health Management
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
International Education
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (Business Development: International Exchange)
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (Higher Education in Europe)
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (International Education)
EDUC 6100Experimental Courses (International Student Advising)
EDUC 6112Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6368Leadership and Education
EDUC 6371Education Policy
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6388Analysis of Education Policy Issues
EDUC 6555Higher Education Policy
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Development in Africa)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean)
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education (Education and Tradition in the Middle East and North Africa)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (International Education Policy Issues in Developing Countries)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (International Higher Education)
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Migration and Mobilization: Education in a Global Era)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Managing Study Abroad and International Students)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Planning Education Reform)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Comparative Perspectives in Language and International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Design and Implementing Cross Cultural Training Programs)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Evaluation in International Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Gender in International Education and Development)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Inequality in International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Issues in Study Abroad)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Scholars and Practitioners in International Higher Education)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (Topics in Evaluation in International Education Development)
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education (UNESCO: 21st Century Agenda Topics)
Natural Resources and the Environment
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
EMSE 6225Air Quality Management
EMSE 6235Water Quality Management
EMSE 6240Environmental Hazard Management
EMSE 6245Analytical Tools for Environmental Management
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6290Climate Change: Policy, Impacts, and Response
ENRP 6101Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences
ENRP 6102Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences
GEOG 6208Land Use and Urban Transportation Planning
GEOG 6244Urban Sustainability
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Arctic Systems)
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Geovisualization and Cartography)
GEOG 6293Special Topics (Open Source GIS)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Managing the World’s Water)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Agriculture and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Climate Change and Sustainable Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Development in the Age of Climate Change)
IAFF 6143Science and Technology Policy Analysis
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World)
IAFF 6164Environmental Security
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Energy Security)
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6122Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Policies, Politics, and Programs
PUBH 6124Risk Management and Communication
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6130Sustainable Energy and the Environment
PUBH 6133Social Dimensions in Climate Change and Health
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
TSTD 6249Sustainable Destination Development
Courses offered at the Arlington Graduate Education Center:
PSUS 6201Principles of Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning
PSUS 6202Urban and Environmental Economics
PSUS 6203Research Methods: Geospatial and Econometric Analysis
PSUS 6212Sustainable Communities I: Housing and Design
PSUS 6222Climate Change Economics
PSUS 6224Sustainable Energy for Cities and the Environment
Social Enterprise and Private Sector Development
ACCY 6101Financial Accounting
ACCY 6106Financial Statement Analysis
ACCY 6201Cases in Management Accounting I
ACCY 6202Cases in Management Accounting II
ACCY 6601Business Law: Contracts, Torts, and Property
ACCY 6602Business Law: Enterprise Organization
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Macroeconomics for the Global Economy)
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Nonprofit Accounting)
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Taxation of Financial Instruments)
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINA 6224Financial Management
FINA 6234New Venture Financing: Due Diligence and Valuation Issues
FINA 6271Financial Modeling and Econometrics
FINA 6277Comparative Financial Market Regulation and Development
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (International Business Finance)
IAFF 6118Special Topics in International Affairs (Strategy, Global Markets and Politics)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance Programs)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Private Sector Development)
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Social Enterprise and Development)
IAFF 6186Special Topics in Security Policy Studies (Illicit Finance and Security)
IAFF 6198Special Topics in International Trade and Investment Policy (International Entrepreneurship)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Analyzing International Economic Data)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Art and Practice of Global Investing)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Mobile Phones for International Development)
IBUS 6201International Marketing
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Institutional and Economic Development: the Case of Rwanda)
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Microfinance: Developing Markets)
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
IBUS 6310International Financial Reporting Standards
IBUS 6401International Business Strategy
IBUS 6402Managing in Developing Countries
ISTM 6223Technology Entrepreneurship
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6234New Venture Financing
PPPA 6003Economics for Public Decision Making
PPPA 6049Urban and Regional Policy Analysis
Note Many MBA program courses require instructor approval for students not enrolled in an MBA program.
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6241Global Perspectives
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
MBAD 6244International Management
MBAD 6245Global Perspectives
MBAD 6284Business and Public Policy
MGT 6252Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT 6282New Venture Initiation
MGT 6283Strategic Entrepreneurship
MGT 6285Social Entrepreneurship
MGT 6290Special Topics (Leadership Perspective and Practice I (1.5 credits))
MGT 6290Special Topics (People Analytics)
MGT 6290Special Topics (Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership)
MKTG 6290Special Topics (Global Brand Strategy)
SMPA 6250Topics in Media Processes and Institutions (Entrepreneurship New Media Industry)
SMPP 6241Global Corporate Responsibility
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Business and Society)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Public Private Partnerships (1.5 credits))
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategy, Global Markets, and Politics)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Today's Market (1.5 credits))
TSTD 6249Sustainable Destination Development
Technology and Development
ANTH 6806Technology
ECON 6255Economics of Technological Change
EMSE 6070Management of Research and Development
EMSE 6992Special Topics (International Technology)
GEOG 6304Geographical Information Systems I
GEOG 6307Digital Image Processing
GEOG 6309GIS for Emergency Management
IAFF 6138Special Topics in International Development Studies (Technology and Development)
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6143Science and Technology Policy Analysis
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Cybersecurity)
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy (Energy Policy)
IAFF 6502Professional Skills I (Technology for International Crisis Response)
IAFF 6503Professional Skills II (Mobile Phones for International Development)
ISTM 6204Information Technology Project Management
ISTM 6207Information Resources Management
ISTM 6223Technology Entrepreneurship
ISTM 6224Management of Technology and Innovation
ISTM 6233Emerging Technologies

*Specific subject matter covered in special/selected topics courses varies by semester. Consult the Schedule of Classes for each semester's offerings. Topics courses not listed here may be used to fulfill program requirements if approved by the Program Director. 

Additional information regarding skills courses, the capstone, and the thesis is available on the Elliott School website. 

**IAFF 6138 (Monitoring and Evaluation for Foreign Assistance) may be used as the second research methods course only in cases where a student has opted to take two research methods courses instead of one research methods and one policy analysis course.

Foreign language proficiency requirement 

Students in the master of arts in the field of international development studies program are required to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course completed no more than three years prior to matriculation in the Elliott School's master's degree program.
  • Having earned a minimum grade of B in a sixth-semester university-level advanced language course at GW, or in an approved course taken at another institution of higher learning, including Elliott School exchange partner institutions, while enrolled in the Elliott School master's program. 
  • Passing the Elliott School-administered foreign language proficiency reading and speaking examination at the currently-required level of proficiency. The Elliott School administers foreign language proficiency examinations once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Students should plan to take the language proficiency examination as soon as possible following their matriculation in the program. Students have three opportunities to pass the examination. Failure to pass the examination for a third time results in dismissal from the program.
  • Achieving the required proficiency level in a reading and speaking examination administered by an Elliott School-approved foreign-language assessment institution, at the student's expense, while enrolled in the Elliott School's Master's Degree Program.
  • Demonstrating the required foreign language proficiency level in a foreign language professional skills course offered through the Elliott School. The instructor tests the student during the course to determine if the required proficiency level has been achieved. 

As of fall 2018, the above policy applies to new and current students in the Elliott School’s non-regional studies master’s programs with a foreign language requirement. Consult the Program Director for more information