Undergraduate Certificate in International Development

Visitors to this page, please note: The International Development Certificate is an undergraduate certificate that can only be earned while a student is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service program. The School of Foreign Service does offer full master's degrees in Global Human Development (ghd.georgetown.edu) and Foreign Service with an International Development Concentration (msfs.georgetown.edu), but no stand-alone certificates.


Goals of the Certificate

The Certificate in International Development (IDEV) will provide students with the training and background needed to understand the dimensions, challenges, and processes of global poverty and prosperity. The certificate aims to expose students to a broad, multidisciplinary range of courses as well as to core methodologies and requisite analytical tools needed to identify, measure, and assess the determinants and effects of international development.

Students will acquire analytical tools and substantive expertise through a foundational course on international development, as well as through exposure to a quantitative methods course. Students will gain further expertise in specific areas by selecting more specialized, intermediate level development courses that focus on issues such as the determinants of economic growth, political change in lower- and middle-income countries, rural poverty, or global health or environmental policy. Students will also specialize in various development topics through additional electives.  Finally, all students will apply the tools and knowledge gained to a particular issue in global development through the completion of a research paper.

Certificate requirements draw upon various courses from the different majors within the School of Foreign Service that cover a range of topics within the field of international development, from the changing landscape of foreign aid, to problems of fragile states and state-building, to the global challenges of infectious disease and climate change. The multi-disciplinary tools, as well as the substantive knowledge gained through the certificate, will serve students who pursue graduate work or careers in international development, whether in bilateral or multilateral aid organizations, global philanthropy, international or “frontline” NGOs, or the private sector. The IDEV certificate encompasses six required courses and a final paper. Up to two courses can be double counted. Effective Class of 2017, MATH 040 (and therefore AP Statistics credits) will NOT count for the IDEV Quantitative requirement.


  • Gateway Course – INAF-252: Introduction to Economic and Political Development (offered in the fall only)
  • Quantitative – Completion of ONE approved quantitative course
  • Intermediate – Completion of ONE intermediate-level, approved course in international development
  • Elective – Completion of THREE electives from the approved IDEV course list
  • Final Paper – Students are required to write a certificate paper (minimum 20-25 pages) on a topic in international development
Learning Objectives

As the study of international development encompasses a number of sub-fields and disciplines, the certificate will prepare students to:

  • Assess and debate the world’s most critical developmental challenges
  • Recognize the economic, political, and social dimensions of global poverty and prosperity
  • Understand, interpret, and apply quantitative methodologies to the study of development
  • Analyze and critique development issues in clear written and oral presentations
  • Develop substantive and theoretical expertise necessary to understand, interpret, and explain the determinants and effects of developmental processes
  • Develop the substantive and analytical expertise necessary to anticipate new challenges and opportunities in international development
  • Apply key concepts and relevant methodologies in original research in international development
fall 2017 Electives

ECON 121 Economic Statistics
MATH 140  Intro Math Statistics
INAF 320 Quantitative Methods for International Affairs

ECON 452 Behavioral Economics
EON 491 Development Impact Evaluation
GOVT 376 Globalization and Redistribution: Developing Countries
INAF 383 Applied Econometrics for Development
STIA 441 Geographic Info Systems

ECON 156 Poverty
ECON 277 Gender & Economic Development
ENST 294/INAF 294 Environment in Africa
GBUS 404 Global Innovation Strategy
GBUS 462 China-Latin America Relations
GBUS 464 Trade Labor Strategy and Policy
GBUS 465 Competitiveness & Public-Private Initiatives
GBUS 491 Entrepreneurship Startups: Practice and Theory
GOVT 261 International Political Economy
GOVT 442 Civil War in Developing Countries
GOVT 446 Politics of North Africa
HEST 112 Nutrition/Disease Prevention
HEST 195 Population Health Concepts
HESY 160 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
HESY 170 Healthcare System Economics
INAF 252 Introduction to Economic & Political Development
INAF 294 Environment in Africa
INAF 355 Immigrants, Refugees, & the State
INAF 357 African Politics & Governments
INAF 378 ASEAN: Past & Present
INAF 395 Political Economy of Development in Africa
INAF 438 Religion, Ethics & World Affairs
INAF 449 China’s Evolving Role in Africa
INAF 487 Practice/Ethics in Global Development
GLOH 360 Comparative Health Systems
GLOH 414 Gender, Health & Development
LASP 316 Economic Development in Latin American Countries
LASP 417 Sustainable Development in Latin America
STIA 331 Disruptive Technologies
STIA 363 Global Health and the SDGs
STIA 368 Tech, Development & Complexity
STIA 372 Global Health Ethics
STIA 394 Global Health Diplomacy
STIA 402 Clean Energy Innovation
STIA 397 Environmental Sustainability & Business Strategy
STIA 402 Clean Energy Innovation
STIA 456 Technology & International Development
SOCI 141 Social Innovation
SOC 240 Poverty/Inequality in America
WGST 253 Women’s International Human Rights
WGST 260 Violence, Gender & Human Rights