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International Development (Global Development) M.P.S.(I.D.) (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Global Development

Program Description

The Masters of Professional Studies in International Development is a 12 month program which provides an interdisciplinary program of study for those who have experience in international development and are seeking to upgrade or update their educational qualifications.

The degree program requires at least 30 credits of course work and two residence units (S/B registration units). Six credits are earned for an applied research project. About half of the work is in the student's area of concentration, and half is in complementary areas of analysis. Candidates can expect to complete their degree requirements in eleven to eighteen months. If more work in the substantive specialization is desired, the candidate is expected to undertake the work during the summer or in an additional semester.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-3035

B75 Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • development policy
  • international nutrition
  • international planning
  • international population
  • science and technology policy


2018-2019: $35,736

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

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

Spring: No Admissioins

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements
  • two academic recommendations
  • minimum two years of development experience
  • GRE scores are not required but may be submitted to strengthen your candidacy

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. Applicants are advised to submit scores on the GRE general test. 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