About BU Global Development

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BU Global Development offers two Master of Arts Programs, coordinates development research across the university, and presents a variety of development seminars. Our two MA degrees are described below.  Information on our faculty can be found here, and information on our seminars can be found here.

MA Degree Programs

The Master of Arts in Global Development Policy (GDP) and the Master of Arts in Global Development Economics (GDE) degree programs are designed to prepare students for a fast-growing number and variety of careers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of development programs. Our faculty provide students with leading-edge exposure to a wide range of development-related knowledge and skills that are currently in demand.

Master of Arts in Global Development Policy (GDP)

The GDP is designed for those who want to work primarily as development policy practitioners. The program will train students for development policy careers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.

The Master of Arts in Global Development Economics (GDE)

The GDE is intended for students interested in a career in the economic development of lower and middle income countries and in transition economies, including working as policy analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.