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International Development Certificate

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Program Benefits

  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Flexible Online Format
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required

Advance Your Career and Make a Difference

Turn your passion for helping others into a successful future with the 100% online International Development graduate certificate from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. It offers a historical overview of international development, giving you the skills you need to excel as a practitioner in the field. This certificate is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators carefully crafted series of master's-level graduate certificates. Designed to advance your career to help you meet personal and professional goals, this program can be taken alone or you can apply your credits as a pathway toward a master's degree.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Total Credits: 12
  • Cost-per-Credit: $660

Get the Skills You Need to Change the World

The online graduate certificate in International Development is designed for professionals seeking field-specific knowledge for careers in the international aid, humanitarian, and development sector, including multilateral aid organizations, government agencies, and more. This program is delivered in a flexible online format so you can study on your schedule and earn an affordable credential in two semesters or less.

You can also apply your credits toward one of our master's degrees:

Featuring a curriculum focused on real-world issues and current trends, this program provides a well-rounded introduction to the international development world. With the graduate certificate in international development, you can broaden your skills and prepare for a rewarding career.

One of the hallmarks of our “accelerators” is that they are stackable into or onto full degree programs. Students can pursue a graduate certificate and then decide to continue into a full degree program in the same or a different discipline.

-Michelle Wieser, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Technology

To learn more about Saint Mary's graduate certificates check out this interview with Michelle Wieser.


The International Development graduate certificate from Saint Mary's offers training in social, political, and economic development theory and practice. The curriculum includes coursework in fundraising, organizational strategy, global trends, and more. You will learn from expert faculty who bring relevant experience to the online classroom.

This program includes 12 credits and is delivered in a flexible format. Graduates have the specific knowledge needed for nonprofit and NGO careers in a developing world context.

Certificate Courses

Current Certificate Requirements

For current certificate requirements, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota course catalog.

Program Outcomes

When you complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the leading economic, social, and political development theories and practices.
  • Analyze current trends in sustainable development, humanitarian intervention, and poverty reduction.
  • Identify sources of funding and create a program funding plan and budget.
  • Evaluate and apply various methods of program monitoring and evaluation.

Career Outlook

The online International Development graduate certificate gives you the skills you need to make a positive impact with your career. When you complete your program, you will be qualified for a wide variety of non-profit, international aid, and public service roles.

The median salary for social and community services managers is $67,150 and job outlook is expected to grow 13% through 2028, faster than the national average.1 Fundraising managers are also in high demand and earn an average of $116,180 per year.2 A graduate certificate in international development from Saint Mary's can help you advance your career.

Certificate Completion

The online International Development graduate certificate is designed to be completed in just one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply.

For admission to the program, you'll need:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • A written statement: Your personal background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary's and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your personal strengths and interests. Share your motivations for entering the online International Development Certificate program and how it will contribute to your career.
  • The names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
  • An up-to-date resume: Include both your educational and professional experience.

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.

For more information about the online International Development Certificate, contact us or call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor.


1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Public Relations and Fundraising Managers. Retrieved from