On average, MSDM has a cohort size of 13 students
Marcia Espinal Torres, SIS/MS ’15
DC is the hub of international development and policy work.
I wanted to move toward a career that allowed me to combine my experience in management with my passion for wanting to make this world a better place for everyone. The MS in Development Management emphasizes the quantitative aspects needed to propose and support development initiatives at donation-based organizations—it allowed me to build a career that helps people manage and push for change from within the development machinery.
Top employers: Booz Allen Hamilton, Chemonics International, Global Fairness Initiative, and ICMA
More than $4,000 of funding available to IDP students for research & fellowships
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Development are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Graduates of the MS in Development Management go on to careers that utilize facilitation and management skills to improve lives. They become project managers for global businesses and NGOs, conduct monitoring and evaluation for private and government agencies, and work directly with individuals to improve communities around the world.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission.
Currents students pursuing their MA have several fellowships and awards available to them to help offset the cost of their education and take advantage of additional academic opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
The difference between the MA in International Development and the MS in Development Management is each degree’s focus on facilitating and managing change versus its focus on theories and definitions of international development. The MA provides professional preparation in development politics, research, economics, and theories, while the MS—the only of its kind at SIS—provides applied and innovative management skills and requires a minimum of two years professional experience to apply.