Master of Arts in International Development

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M.A. in International Development

The International Development Masters of Arts Degree prepares graduate students to implement policies and practices inclusive of people with disabilities and deaf persons within federal agencies, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in their development overseas assistance programs. The program's coursework is taught through a transformative lens where the political, social and development issues surrounding disability become a means through which ID graduates work with people with disabilities in developing countries in attaining their human rights. 

The degree draws on theories and material from disability studies, deaf studies, international relations, special education, research and evaluation, and international development. Students study significant topics in international relations that affect the economic and social development of countries worldwide, including:

  • the political, social and developmental issues surrounding disability that result in the continued oppression and marginalization of disabled people around the globe,
  • the theories and strategies of international development beginning with the Bretton Woods conference to the current era of globalization,
  • the design, development, and evaluation of programs for individuals with disabilities, and;
  • practice and theory of living and studying in cultures different from one's own.

A unique aspect of this MA degree is that it includes both the study of theory, as well as the practical application of theory, in working in developing countries. The program sequence begins with Fall semester. Students who begin in Spring semester will be out of sequence and won't be able to complete the required courses within 2 years.


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Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the M.A. in International Development must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.



First Date for Consideration of Application: No Set Date
Last Date for Completed Application: No Set Date

Program Specific Requirements

A basic understanding of economics is necessary to complete coursework in Economic Development and Micropolitics.  Therefore applicants must have passed an introductory course in economics.

The ability to communicate across cultures in more than one language is both a distinguishing and expected skill of the international development professional. Therefore, novice ability in reading and writing another language or willingness to obtain novice ability in the first year.

A videotaped response in American Sign Language to one of two questions asked by the department for review to demonstrate the ability to participate in discussion in a classroom setting.

Three current letters of recommendation

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