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International Development Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Gain Essential Knowledge

International Development requires a combination of innovative thinking and the ability to act in an evolving world. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota understands this, combining more than 100 years of Lasallian education with real-world practitioners who have worked on social development, microfinance, global education and more. Our courses blend theory with true “boots on the ground” practicality for a perfect balance of thoughtfulness and action.

The online M.A. in International Development program consists of 39 credit, or 13 courses of 3 credit hours each and the program typically takes about 2.5 years to complete.

Program Outcomes to Revolutionize the World

Upon completion of the Saint Mary’s online International Development program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge and theory from multiple disciplines to articulate and address problems in the international environment.
  • Create sustainable solutions pertaining to international problems or social challenges.
  • Approach problems with the consideration of ethics, cultural inclusivity, and sustainably.
  • Engage resources, stakeholders, and organizations to break down barriers and achieve sustainable growth.
  • Lead, communicate, and think critically and entrepreneurially within an intercultural context.
  • Analyze and utilize the flow of information from evolving media.
  • Embrace ambiguity and ethics in global problem-solving endeavors.

You’ll also complete a field project, giving you the opportunity to apply what you’re learning to real-world situations and allowing you to make a difference in the world even before graduation.

Learn more about the field project and how international development alumni have transformed communities and changed their own lives during their field project experiences.

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Foundation Courses (12 credits)

Core Courses (15 credits)

Management Courses (3 credits)

Summative Activities (6 credits)

Electives (3 credits, select one)

Find out more about how the online M.A. in International Development from Saint Mary’s can benefit your career: call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.