Global Development Practice, Master | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
12 months
37200 USD/year
37200 USD/year
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Gain knowledge, practical skills, and experience to critically evaluate and address the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development: climate change, extreme poverty, gender inequality, and access to clean water and sanitation with this Global Development Practice Degree offered by Harvard University.



Through Global Development Practice Degree offered by Harvard University you:

  • Develop a holistic understanding of policy instruments, social complexities, human health risks, ecological system dynamics, technological innovations, and financial models to advance sustainable development.
  • Identify and challenge assumptions, seeking alternatives, determining solutions and engaging the client organization(s) to accept recommendations for implementation.
  • Engage with the global network of development professionals.
  • Employ state of the art project management techniques.
  • Leverage local knowledge through global practice.


The degree program includes 12 courses with the final Capstone course completed on campus.

  • Get started. You begin by completing two stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While completing your second degree course, you submit your application. Application cycles are in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year-round in fall, spring, and summer. To fully experience Harvard, you are required to complete your final Capstone course on campus – in summer (required for international students), or spring.
  • Complete your capstone. You will apply knowledge and skills gained through coursework toward a sustainable development plan (SDP) that has a real-world application for an NGO, nonprofit organization, governmental agency, or other community-based entity. Under the mentorship of your instructor in a classroom setting, you will identify a client, design a capstone project around stakeholders' requirements, and present the SDP to the stakeholders for implementation. You are encouraged to select a client near where you live and align the project with local community interests. Although more challenging, the client stakeholders may be located in any country. The outcome of the capstone experience includes an optional presentation at the International Conference on Sustainable Development.
  • Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Global Development Practice.

Programme Structure

12 Graduate Courses

  • Sustainability and Environmental Management
  • Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Global Development Systems
  • Global Classroom: Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice
  • One global health course
  • One social science course
  • One economics course
  • One management course
  • Four electives
  • EXPO 42b is an option
  • Precapstone tutorial (noncredit)
  • The final capstone (on campus)

Capstone topics are subject to change annually. You enroll in the precapstone and capstone in back-to-back semesters and in your final academic year.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
3 (recommended)

Other requirements

General requirements

To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed:

  • ENVR E-101 Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management
  • DEVP E-102 Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Global Development Systems
    • To register, you'll need to pass our online test of critical reading and writing skills or earn a B or higher in EXPO 42b Writing in the Social Sciences.
    • You have two attempts to earn the minimum grade of B in the proseminar (a withdrawal grade counts as an attempt). 

The two courses do not need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

 Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you need to possess a four-year, regionally accredited US bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    37200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
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