The International Development Master of Arts Degree Program (IDMA) prepares students to advocate, design, implement, monitor and evaluate social change activities in collaboration with Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard-of-Hearing people, and people with disabilities, at local, national and international levels. IDMA coursework provides practical experience examining legal and social policy frameworks, political and economic conditions, sociocultural and language-centered values and rights, and other features of contemporary life that contribute to or impede social participation and social justice.

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Application Requirements

  • Completed application form. See Application Instructions to learn how.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • 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.)
  • 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.) See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study. See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Goals statement. See below for more information.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

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 the four questions contained in the video on the bottom of this page.
  • Interview with the Department (contact the department to arrange an interview, either face to face or through technology)
  • Goals statement questions
    • What got you interested in the International Development field? Describe experience working in deaf development organizations, community-based organizations, social justice work, international experiences, or other experiences that led you to International Development.
    • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals describe 17 areas of global issues that include things like access to quality education, employment, food, health, gender equity, disasters and climate change, and emphasize disability inclusion in each area. What areas are you interested in studying and working on in your career?
    • In your academic, community, or professional experiences--describe a situation that required you to work with others to create a solution to a problem? What role did you take in creating that solution?
    • What kind of professional work do you envision for yourself after graduation? For example -- implementing community-based projects, developing policy, research, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
    • Provide any other information that will help us better understand you as an individual and better evaluate you as an applicant for this program.

Meet our faculty and staff

Dr. Audrey C. Cooper, PhD, MSW & MS
Associate Professor & Program Director

Maegan Shanks, MA 
Faculty & Program Assistant

Sonia Holzman, MA 
Program Specialist & Outreach Liaison

Katherine Breen, MA 
Affiliated Faculty

MJ Jones, MA
Adjunct Faculty

Steph Niaupari, MA
Adjunct Faculty

Neha Balachandran, MA
Graduate Assistant