MGP Developmental Policy Specialization

The year-and-a-half MGP with a Specialization in Developmental Policy is perfect for students interested in improving quality of life for people throughout the developing world in an environmentally sound manner. The program prepares students for development policy careers in government, nonprofit institutions, international organizations, and the private sector.

Students complete a set of universal requirements, including core courses on quantitative analysis, international economics, negotiation and diplomacy, and global policy analysis.  In their final semester, students take a four credit course as part of a capstone project. 

Actual year to year course offerings vary depending on faculty availability. Most classes are taught once per year, but some may be taught less frequently.

The MA in Global Policy requires a total of 48 credits divided among core global policy courses (16 credits), functional specialization coursework (16 credits), a final capstone course or directed study (4 credits) and sufficient elective coursework to bring the student’s credit total to at least 48.

  • GRS IR 602 Quantitative Analysis for Global Affairs
  • GRS IR 603 Economics for Global Policy
  • GRS IR 604 Negotiation and Diplomacy
  • GRS IR 605 Global Policy Analysis

Students in the MGP with Specialization in Developmental Policy must take two required courses (8 credits):

  • CAS IR 592 Economic Development and International Institutions
  • GRS IR 606 Global Economic and Developmental Policy

Students in the MGP with Specialization in Developmental Policy take an additional two classes (8 credits) from the list of pre-approved courses below (or other courses with pre-approval from the Director of Graduate Studies):

  • CAS IR 512 Global Resource Geopolitics
  • GRS EC 522 Development Strategies
  • GRS GE 600 Environment and Development
  • GRS IR 621 Global Governance, Economic Development and Human Rights
  • GRS IR 759 International Institutions for Finance and Development
  • GRS IR 789 Globalization Development and Governance
  • SPH GH 770 Poverty, Health, and Development

Students in the MGP with Specialization in Developmental Policy take three approved elective courses (12 credits) based on their specific interests. Students may choose their elective coursework from the specialization listing above, from the graduate level offerings of the Pardee School, or from the list of approved electives below. Students may also request approval from the Director of Graduate Studies to take other coursework, provided that coursework fits with the intent of the degree program and contributes to the preparation of students for their intended career paths:

  • CAS EC 521 Development Theory and Policy
  • CAS EC 565 Economic Institutions in Historical Perspective
  • CAS GE 519 Energy, Society, and the Environment
  • CAS IR 500 BRICS and Global Environmental Politics
  • CAS IR 513 (PO 525) Bureaucracy & Governance: A Comparative Inquiry
  • CAS IR 532 Trade Law and Development
  • CAS IR 520 (PO 562) The State and Public Purpose in Asia
  • CAS IR 527 (PO 527) Political Economy of China
  • CAS IR 587 Political Economy of the Middle East
  • CAS IR 590 (PO 550) Political Economy of Latin America
  • CAS IR 597 (GE 597) Development & Environment in Latin America
  • GRS GE 660 Resource Economics
  • GRS IR 711 (AN 711) Civil Society and the State
  • GRS IR 723 (PO 528) The Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies
  • GRS IR 758 Comparative Political Economy of China and India
  • GRS IR/SOC 825 Women & Social Change in the Developing World
  • GRS SO 839 State Building & Failure in the Developing World
  • GRS SO 890: Global Health: Politics, Institutions, and Ideology
  • LAW BK 935 (2 credits) Microfinance & Development
  • QST PL SI 870 (3 credits) Strategies for Sustainable Development

Students are required to demonstrate graduate-level reading proficiency in a foreign language prior to completion of the degree. Graduate-level proficiency is the ability to understand newspaper and professional journal articles in the field of foreign relations accurately, using standard reference materials. Language proficiency can be demonstrated either through a language examination or successful completion of one of the non-credit graduate-level foreign language reading courses offered by Boston University.

In the case of non-native English speakers who were required to submit a TOEFL score report as part of their application for admission, knowledge of English fulfills this requirement.

In their final semester, students take a capstone seminar (4-credits) in which research teams design and carry out an interdisciplinary policy analysis comparable to those performed for a government or nonprofit agency, often for a real-world client.