Welcome to GHD

The Master of Global Human Development is designed to prepare the next generation of development professionals by giving them the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become leaders in their field, and make a difference in our global community.

Learn about the unique features of the GHD program, and how they’ve made a positive impact in the long-term success of our students.

The Global Human Development curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive, covering a broad range of topics.

Start your application process to GHD by becoming familiar with our admissions requirements and opportunities.

The GHD faculty, students, staff, and alumni form a close, interconnected group of peers and mentors who have really made my experience in the program that much more valuable.”
– Olivia Nesbit, GHD’18

GHD News

Meet GHD’s New Deputy Director, Erwin Tiongson

Erwin R. Tiongson is Professor of the Practice and Deputy Director of the Global Human Development (GHD) Program. He previously served as Concentration Chair for International Development in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program.  Click to read more about his career and personal passion for students studying international affairs.

Andrea with iPACE participants (June 2019)

GHD’17 Andrea Welsh named Director of World Learning’s Institute for Political and Civic Education

Congrats to GHD alum Andrea Welsh!  After completing her Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship with Myanmar’s Ministry of Education and working on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Rakhine State, Andrea moved to Yangon to serve as the Director of World Learning’s Institute for Political and Civic Education (iPACE). In her new role, Andrea manages the program which trains over 400 civil society leaders and political activists each year who represent every state and region across the country.



Maputi Botlhole, GHD'20 on her first day as a social enterprise intern under the LINKAGES project at FHI360 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Maputi Botlhole, GHD’20: an Opportune Time for Social Enterprise in Thailand

It is July 8th, 2019, and as I reflect on my 4-week journey interning at FHI360 in Bangkok, Thailand; I find myself reminiscing about the application process that led me to join the Global Human Development (GHD) program. When I applied to be part of the GHD program, I didn’t expect that it would take only one academic year to start connecting to goals from my application letter. Nor did I anticipate just how much what I learned in the past academic year would prepare me for “pinchable” moments that I can only describe as “dreams fulfilled.”