Students in the MIDA program at Western Michigan University planning to pursue careers in the public and nonprofit sectors in developing countries and in international development organizations can build a foundation of professional competence in the following classes offered by the Department of Political Science.
- Development theories such as those oriented to government action, economic markets and popular participation.
- History of the field, where most core classes use case studies so students gain a broad familiarity with practical issues specific to many professional areas and political environments.
- Methods such as cost-benefit analysis, monitoring and evaluation, the logical framework, stakeholder analysis and methods of political and institutional analysis.
- Skills such as budgeting, research and writing, human resource management and public speaking.
Recent classes have discussed programs and projects such as savings and credit, irrigation, jute mills, primary health care, small business development, tea estates, agricultural extension and retail cooperatives. Students have examined development policies and their implementation in many countries including Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey. Other topics include legacies of colonialism, structural adjustment, poverty, corruption, technology, decentralization and economic topics such as inflation, exchange rates, monopoly and international markets.
- Human Resources Administration
- Administration in Developing Countries
- Comparative National Development Strategies
- Seminar: Development Methods and Skills
- 20 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesPublic Administration International Development Political Science View 110 other Masters in International Development in United States
- Copy of passport identification page
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Complete high school or post-secondary education transcripts
- $100 non-refundable application fee
- Proof of sufficient funds for the first academic year of study at WMU according to estimated cost of attendance
- A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required
- Three recommendations
- Written statement
International15556 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 20 months.
National15556 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15556 USD per year and a duration of 20 months.
The department offers graduate assistantships for a limited number of students on a competitive basis. Assistantship stipends include tuition remission and start in the fall semester only.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.