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Graduate Degree in Global Development

Graduate Degree in Global Development

The Master of Science in Global Development is a 12-month program designed to prepare professionals for sustainable development work in governments, private development firms, and NGOs in developing countries, primarily in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

The program responds to the substantial challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change, and growing inequality in cities of developing regions and draws on concepts and skills from economics, politics, city and regional planning, and international affairs. Students will gain multidisciplinary knowledge and training needed to help address challenges in anything from infrastructure provision to poverty reductions. 

Students will take classes in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, School of Economics, and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

The program begins in the Fall semester each year. Applications are due Jan. 15 for priority consideration and March 1 for all applications.

The Georgia Tech Master's in Global Development requires 15 hours of core courses including a three-hour graduate capstone or planning studio course, and 15 hours of free electives

Requirements

Credit Hours

INTA/ECON/CP 6704: Introduction to Global Development

3

INTA 6003: Empirical Research Methods

3

CP 6514: Introduction to GIS

3

Take one of the following:

INTA 8803: Political Economy of Development

3

ECON 6360: Development Economics

3

INTA 6202: Comparative Politics

3

CP 6233: Sustainable Development

3

Take one of the following: 

CP 6053/6055: Planning Studio

5

INTA/ECON 8803: Graduate Capstone in Global Development 

3

Choose from among the following courses to complete the 30-credit-hour degree requirement.

Course

Department

INTA 6011: International Trade and Technology Transfer

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 6302: International Political Economy

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 6306: Globalization

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA/CS 6745: ICT and Global Development 

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 6753: Comparative Science and Technology Policy

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803/6455: User Interface Design and Evaluation

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Sustainable Megaregion

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Democracy in the Global South

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Latin American Politics

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Political Economy of China

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Urbanization and Development in LDC’s

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Technology and Poverty

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Big Data and Security

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Environmental Politics

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Soccer and Global Politics

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Energy, Environment, and Policy

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Energy and International Security

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Global Issues and Leadership

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Post-Soviet Politics

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

INTA 8803: Challenge of Terrorism

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

CP 6112: Introduction to Land Use

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6217: Climate Change and the City

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6190: Introduction to Climate Change Planning

School of City and Regional Planning

CP/PUBP 6412/6600: Economic Development Planning

School of City and Regional Planning, School of Public Policy

CP 6422: Economic Development Analysis

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6570: Environmental GIS

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6442: Equity, Justice, & Economic Development

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6241: Water Resource Planning

School of City and Regional Planning

CP/CEE 6311/6602: Introduction to Transportation Planning/ Urban Transport Planning

School of City and Regional Planning, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

CP 6321: Transportation Planning and Investment

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6831: Urban Infrastructure

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6611: Real Estate Finance & Development

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6612: Community Development

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6630: Government and Housing Markets

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6640: Real Estate Development Methods

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6680: Citizen Participation

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6032: Urban Regional Development

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6331: Land Use and Transportation

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6834: Urban Design Policy and Implementation

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 6836: Urban Ecological Design

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 8300: Urban and Regional Theory

School of City and Regional Planning

CP 8813: International Growth Management Law

School of City and Regional Planning

ECON/INTA 4155/8803: Conflict and Security in Developing Countries

School of Economics, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

ECON 6106: Microeconomic Analysis

School of Economics

ECON 6160: Econometric Analysis

School of Economics

ECON 6330: Urban and Regional Economics

School of Economics

ECON 6380: Economics of Environment

School of Economics

ECON 6431: Strategic Economics for Global Enterprise

School of Economics

ECON 6510: Health Economics

School of Economics

ECON 6650: International Economics

School of Economics

ECON 8803: The World Trading System: Law, Economics and Corporate Strategy

School of Economics


 

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Admissions

Applicants must submit:

  1. Official transcripts, including award of bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  2. Statement of interest
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Curriculum vitae/resume
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

Applications are due Jan. 15 for priority consideration and March 1 for all applications.

Financial Aid

Global Development M.S. students are eligible for fellowships and for appointment as Graduate Research Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants in the schools of City and Regional Planning, Economics, and International Affairs.  Those applying by the Priority Application Date are automatically considered for these appointments, with decisions based on credentials and skills, subject to available funding.  These financial aid offers are then made in conjunction with admissions offers.  In rare instances, GRA or GTA appointments may be made later in the student’s studies. 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for need-based financial aid and should consult the Georgia Tech Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  Application includes completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, as well as an additional Georgia Tech form.

Foreign nationals should note that employment off campus is regulated by the U.S. immigration authorities and is usually precluded during the first year of graduate study. 

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Capstone Projects

Each Global Development master’s student participates in a Capstone Project: either an international City and Regional Planning Studio, or an international Capstone in Economics or International Affairs.  These are team projects undertaken under faculty direction with sponsorship by governmental agencies, NGOs, or firms.

Advising

Applicants can apply for the program through any of the three Schools.
Click on the links below to contact one of the Schools' advisors.

School of City and Regional Planning

Anna Traykova

School of Economics

Usha Nair-Reichert

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Vince Pedicino