Global Development M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Global Development

Program Description

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Development (GDEV) is a one-year, interdisciplinary graduate-level degree program combining a flexible course-based curriculum with a capstone or problem-solving project. The program is designed to enhance practical and technical skills and to prepare students for careers in field-based development and development policy roles serving low-income and rural communities globally. 

Students in the MPS in Global Development custom build courses of study in consultation with their faculty advisors. A strength of the program is its flexibility; students are able to tailor their coursework to fill gaps based on previous studies, field experiences, and desired career paths.

Contact Information


Mann Library B75
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • global development


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: March 15; applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available

(Priority deadline: Feb. 1)

Spring: No Admissions

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements
  • Unofficial copies of your college and university transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation; at least one should be an academic recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • A personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • minimum two years of development experience
  • GRE scores are not required or accepted

Applicants are expected to have a strong academic background and at least two years of development experience. Professional performance is given some weight in admission decisions. Students who have just completed an undergraduate program of study are not eligible to apply to this field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge to solve and assess critical real world problems
  • Hone technical skills and capabilities through technical tools, subject matter, and laboratory and/or field studies to enhance problem solving abilities related to fields of interest
  • Think across disciplines (socioeconomic and biophysical) using a system perspective
  • Understand global and local perspectives and issues that impact society
  • Acquire skills to monitor and evaluate projects
  • Improve oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write project and funding proposals, and to effectively present project outputs using a variety of media