INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION
A career in international development or other global fields requires a broad understanding of international institutions, economics and politics, but some people with specific interests or career aspirations may wish to gain a deeper understanding of particular sub-fields. Accordingly, there are a number of relevant areas that Wagner offers greater depth in through regular course offerings, including economic growth and inequality, organizations and management in international contexts, international public and social finance, environment and sustainability, human rights and humanitarian aid, global health and food security, and global governance. A few of these areas cover broad territory and are further organized into more refined clusters of courses.
Below is an overview of the required coursework. For detailed information, view the program checksheet
DEGREE CORE requirements
Students complete the following courses:
Focus Areas are optional groupings of courses to help you choose electives. You can go deeper in your specialization and develop more advanced skills by choosing electives within the specialization-related focus areas below. To pursue depth in a focus area we suggest completing 9 credits. To pursue breadth, you may also choose electives across focus areas.
Growth, Sustainability, and Inequality
Global relationships are being reshaped by economic growth together with widening inequalities. Building from PADM-GP 2203 Economics of International Development, these courses explore growth and inequality among countries and regions.
Organizations and Management in International Contexts
Courses in this focal area draw on theory and practice from organization and management studies to explore the human, behavioral, functional and operational dynamics of organizations operating in a global context or focusing on development goals within an international political economy. Clusters below allow students to concentrate on particular entry points or to mix and match in ways that help address career preferences.
Courses in this focal area draw on theory and practice from public and social finance and social impact investment. Many of the courses have some international focus and all have international relevance. There are two clusters, one which focuses more on public sector finance and one which covers social enterprises and social impact investment.
Health, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Aid
Courses in this focal area focus on operational challenges to operating in fragile, conflict, and disaster settings, supporting advocacy to advance health, human rights and humanitarian concerns, and understanding the contextual factors that shape operational and policy success.
School-wide Focus Areas
In addition to the courses in the specialization-related elective focus areas above, to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills you may also wish to choose electives from across course offerings, including from the school-wide focus areas or a different specialization. Relevant school-wide focus areas for you to consider as an International Development student include, Environment and Climate Change; Nonprofit and Government Organizations; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Social Justice and Democracy; and more.
The Capstone Program, a year-long consulting or research project, puts you out in the world resolving a problem or conducting an analysis for a client organization.
Students must complete the following courses: