Global Development Policy

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The Global Development Policy (GDP) program is designed for those who want to work primarily as development policy practitioners. The GDP is a rigorous three semester program that provides students with breadth of training in the various facets of sustainable international development as well as in depth training in a chosen track.

Students complete a set of universal requirements, including four core courses, training in research design/statistics, reading proficiency in a second language, and a capstone seminar.  In addition, GDP students select from one of three possible concentration tracks: Governance and Political Economy, Environment and Development, or International Public Health. Elective coursework can be flexibly applied toward greater depth in the area of concentration, expansion of the student’s general knowledge base, or specialization in a particular geographic region.

The program trains students for development policy careers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.