International Development Planning Track

When “the greater good” has global proportions, how do you balance the needs and values of all the people involved? We’ll help you answer that. Whether you’re interested in planning for the multinational cities of tomorrow or the developing economies of today, we’ll prepare you to juggle the complexities of work with and across governments, NGOs, and international development agencies—and anything else the world ends up throwing your way.


Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet

required Courses

Degree Core Courses

CORE-GP.1011, Statistical Methods
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics
CORE-GP.1020, Management and Leadership
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management
URPL-GP.1603, Urban Planning: Methods and Practice
URPL-GP.2608, Urban Economics
URPL-GP.2660, History and Theory of Planning

Track Courses

PADM-GP.2201, Institutions, Governance, and International Development
URPL-GP.2665, Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries

Track Capstone

CAP-GP.3226, Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management I
CAP-GP.3227, Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management II

Elective Courses

Planning Electives

URPL-GP.2251, Urbanization Policy in China: Untangling the Mystery
URPL-GP.2666, Water Sourcing and Climate Change
URPL-GP.2680, Topics in Urban Design

Other Recommended Electives

PADM-GP.1801, Communication Skills for Public Service
PADM-GP.2202, Politics of International Development
PADM-GP.2203, Economics of International Development
PADM-GP.2204, Development Assistance, Accountability and Aid Effectiveness
PADM-GP.2211, Program Development and Management for International Organizations
PADM-GP.2213, Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present
PADM-GP.2214, Constructing National Development Strategies
PADM-GP.2245, Financing Local Government in Developing Countries
PADM-GP.2250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (Accra, Ghana)
PADM-GP.4105, Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Conflict Management in Multicultural Teams
PADM-GP.4110, Project Management