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 for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Management
CORE-GP.1018, Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis
CORE-GP.1020, Management and Leadership
CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations
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
URPL-GP.2666, Water Sourcing and Climate Change

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 and Sustainable Development in a Transitional Economy: Experiencing China (Shanghai, China)
URPL-GP.2613, Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP.2624, Environmental Planning: Communities, Fairness, and Beyond
URPL-GP.2652, International Development Project Planning
URPL-GP.2666, Water Sourcing and Climate Change
URPL-GP.2680, Topics in Urban Design
URPL-GP.4606, Comparative Land Use Planning
URPL-GP.4670, Urban Innovations in Latin America

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.2223, Advocating for International Human Rights: Strategies and Theories of Change
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
PADM-GP.4250, Hunger and Food Security in a Global Perspective (meets in New York only)