Welcome to GHD

The Global Human Development Program is a STEM-eligible master’s degree that prepares the next generation of international development professionals to become leaders in their field and make a difference in our global community.

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STEM Certified Program

The GHD program is designated as a STEM-certified program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Graduates of the GHD program with F-1 visas may apply to work in the United States for up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) following graduation.

A Day in the Life of a GHD Student

From classes to studying in the lounge with peers to working one-on-one with faculty members, learn more about what it’s like to be a student at Georgetown’s Global Human Development Program!

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An Education to Transform the World

We’re a practitioner-based program, designed to give students the knowledge and skills needed to tackle today’s global issues. Students learn quantitative skills, gain a broad base of knowledge on international development, and specialize in a development topic they are passionate about. The summer internship, DC internship, and Capstone Project provide real-word experiences in preparation for a career in development.

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DC: A Major Hub for Global Development Organizations

Hundreds of U.S. agencies, non-profits, multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations, and NGOs are headquartered right here in DC. There are countless opportunities as a GHD student, from conversations with heads of state, diplomats, and development leaders hosted at Georgetown to interning at some of the top development organizations to consulting for a government, donor agency, NGO, business, foundation, or organization through the Capstone Project.

GHD News

From a young age, Jackie Rojas (GHD’19) developed a unique perspective on life in developing countries through hearing her parents’ stories of tumultuous times in Venezuela and El…

Samantha Power giving a speech at a Georgetown University podium

“Diversifying the aid workforce, as well as the organizations we partner with, and becoming more attuned to the voices and needs of those we aim to help,…