M.A. On Campus

International Development Studies

George Washington University

24 months
1960 USD/credit 39200 USD/year
1960 USD/credit 39200 USD/year
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The M.A. in International Development Studies at George Washington University provides a broad understanding and appreciation of current development theories and issues, as well as the processes involved in formulating policies and implementing development projects.


Key facts

Steps from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the Elliott School engages the Washington and global policy communities in meaningful discussions of development policy. The International Development Studies (IDS) graduate program is the fastest-growing program in the Elliott School of International Affairs. Under the leadership of former U.S. Agency for International Development official Professor Sean Roberts, this program trains the next generation of development practitioners, exposing them to the latest research, best practices from the field, and experiential learning opportunities.

Students prepare for professional careers in the field of international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes the study of economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. In their final year, IDS students complete capstone projects, working with Elliott School faculty mentors in partnership with aid organizations around the world.The International Development Studies program is offered at George Washington University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cornerstone
  • Development Policy and Practice
  • Capstone Workshop
  • Capstone
  • Gender, War and Peace
  • Nuclear Prolif/Nonproliferation
  • Nuclear Security Policy
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • International Law and Use of Force
  • Science of Nuclear Materials
  • Emerging Powers & International Order
  • Economics (during 1st semester)
  • Management
  • Research Methods
  • Master’s Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two (2) letters of recommendations, preferably from professors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may send recommendations from supervisors or employers.
  • Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.
  • In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    39200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1960 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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