M.A. in International Development


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.)
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study.
  • International applicants should review this page on how to submit their transcript(s).
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A completed graduate school application form.
  • Goals statement. (Follow this link for further instructions)
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunization prior to enrolling. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Additional Program Requirements

  • A basic understanding of economics is necessary to complete coursework in Economic Development and Micropolitics. Therefore, students 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. 

    1) How long should my answer be?

    The length of your answers will depend on your personal style. Some people create an outline and organize their answers very efficiently, while other people start out with their main point(s) and then expand on those answers. Each answer should be "thorough"--meaning that someone who has worked in the ID field would be able to identify the ways your answers reflect your actual experiences in and/or knowledge of the field. If I had to give a rough estimate for length expectations, I would aim to construct your answers so that each one is in the 5-6 minute range. 

    2) Must I videotape my responses alone or can I have a friend or colleague in the room?
    It can be very helpful to videotape your answers with another signer in the room so they can a) give you feedback on the clarity of your presentation (not the content), and b) be a true audience for you as you are signing so you don't feel like you are signing "in a vacuum."

  • Interview with the Department (contact the department to arrange an interview, either face to face or through technology)