The Global Human Development Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, working in close collaboration with the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, is pleased to offer a Certificate in Global Human Development beginning in the spring of 2018. The Certificate is open to qualified masters’ degree candidates in all of the SFS master’s programs except the GHD and MSFS programs.

The graduate Certificate in Global Human Development (GHD) has been designed in response to widespread interest from students in advanced degree programs across the University for training in global development, as a complement to their primary regional or functional degree. Across a range of disciplines including international law, business, security, and regional studies, there is a demand for professionals with parallel training in global development. This demand arises from the recognition that in our increasingly inter-connected world, addressing the concerns of the world’s poor is of paramount importance not only to poor nations themselves, but also to successful outcomes in global economic stability and growth, diplomacy, and security.


Students are required to complete six approved courses, or 18 total credits. The basic structure of the required courses will be as follows:

  • One International Development Gateway course (“Introduction to Development Practice,” spring semester) (3 credits)
  • One Development Economics course (“Introduction to the Economics of Development,” spring semester) (3 credits)
  • Four elective courses, from an approved list or by petition (12 credits)

A maximum of 6 of the total 18 certificate credits may be achieved by ‘double-counting’ courses that students take to satisfy their home program degree requirements.

In addition, students must achieve:

  • A minimum grade of B+ in the gateway course.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for Certificate courses.

The GHD graduate certificate does not require an internship or a foreign language proficiency. However, students wishing to pursue one or both of these opportunities are encouraged to do so.


Students enrolled in one of the following SFS programs may apply to the certificate program:

  • Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS)
  • Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies (MARES)
  • Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES)
  • Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALA)
  • Master of Arts in Asian Studies (ASST)
  • Master of Arts in Security Studies (SSP)

MSFS and GHD students are not eligible for the certificate program. MSFS students interested in development have the option of electing the International Development (IDEV) concentration, which the new Certificate is modelled after.

For questions, please contact Katie Li, Associate Director of Academic Programs by email at