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International Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #242 (QS) ,
The Master's degree in International Development at Sciences Po offers innovative training in international development based on a renewed approach to sustainable economic growth and political practices. PSIA's program is designed to train the next generation of development specialists, which builds on the profound transformation of the development discussion.


General objectives

The Master in International Development at Sciences Po is given in collaboration with the Agence française de développement.

Scientific Advisor

Laurence Tubiana, the Scientific Advisor of the PSIA Master in International Environmental Polic was featured as one of FT's "Women of 2015" for her key role in reaching the Paris Agreement. She is France's Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and also the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) in Paris. 

Laurence Tubiana is member of several scientific boards of main research institutions such as the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the India Council for Sustainable Development and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. From 1997 to 2002, she served as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, on environmental issues and conducted a number of international negotiations on this subject.

Career opportunities

Graduates will find openings in the private sector (profit and non profit). They will work as project manager, consultants (auditing) and in the innovation sector for applied research projects as project designer and managers. In public agencies, national, regional, and local governments, as well as international organizations and agencies, MID graduatez will work on the formulation, management and auditing of public policies and projects.

Programme Structure

The curriculum builds up on a strong intellectual background in development studies favouring critical postures using academic analysis and practitioners' experience of global governance and the multifaceted question of sustainability. It combines it with intensive training in finance, economics, public policy, at the global to local level, project design, management and evaluation.

It provides an introduction to multiple actors (from public agencies to NGO's and private foundations) and to multiple instruments (from traditional official development aid to markets mechanisms and innovative finance) and generates both analytical and practical skills that our students will use to implement the next generation of development policies and practices. A special focus is put on acquiring essential skills in policy and project design and evaluation, finance accounting and applied economics, management and planning methods.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

The international graduate admissions procedure is open to applicants having completed their university educationin an institution outside of France and having obtained any of the following:

  • An undergraduate level degree (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences/licenciatura/licence) at the time of entry to Sciences Po.
  • A Masters level degree (magistr or magistracy, for example) for countries in which universities do not award undergraduate qualifications.
Other situations:
  • Applicants having attended German or Austrian universities: a Vordiplom/Zwischenprüfung/Diplomprüfung (the equivalent of 120 credits) and a complete year of students at postgraduate level/second cycle (Hauptstudium - the equivalent of 60 credits).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14270 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14270 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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