International Development

International Development Program

The International Development (IDEV) program educates and trains development practitioners who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to end poverty.

International Development Program

Helping countries and communities to overcome the problems of poverty, disease and exclusion, and to protect human rights are among the biggest challenges our globalized world faces today.

International Development Program

The IDEV program nurtures a corps of international development practitioners for leadership roles in policy and practice.

The International Development (IDEV) Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of developing countries, with the aim of preparing students for careers in development. Students in the IDEV Program receive rigorous academic training that helps them better conceptualize the development process in its economic, political and social dimensions.

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Curriculum

 

International Development Program | M.A. Requirements

International Development Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2014-2015
 
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.

 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Students concentrating in International Development (IDEV) must complete Microeconomics (B- or greater) prior to matriculating at SAIS through SAIS Summer, Non-Degree or Pre-Term programs or by passing the SAIS waiver exam. Students concentrating in International Development must take at least 6 courses in the program in addition to a constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning course. Students cannot count their constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning courses toward their IDEV requirements of at least 6 courses in the program.

·         1 course Introduction to Development (SA.400.821) required in the fall semester of the first year
·         2 courses starting with the prefix SA.400.XXX and/or IDEV Approved Regional Courses
·         3 courses from one of the Professional Field Tracks 
 
TRACKS
Students choose one of the following IDEV Professional Field Tracks:
·         Development Economics (DevEc)
·         Finance and Development (F&D)
·         Global Health (GH)
·         Governance, Politics and Development (GP&D)
·         Management for Development (MfD)
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB)
·         Social Policy and Programs (SP)
·         Trade and Development (T&D)
Approved Courses for IDEV Professional Field Tracks

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
·         One IDEV constrained economics course: Comparative Perspectives on Economic Growth & Development, Economic Development, Introduction to Economic Development, Microeconomics of Development, Theories & Models of Economic Development (BO), Topics in Growth and Development or another Development Economics course approved by IDEV.
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below as their constrained IDEV course.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll for credit in the core course(s). IDEV students are strongly encouraged to take Comparative National Systems as one of their core exams and/or courses.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.

 

CAPSTONE

IDEV concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:

1. IDEV Oral Exam with an IDEV examiner and an economist
2. IDEV Practicum
3. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

Students who choose to dual concentrate must choose IDEV as their primary concentration. All dual-concentrations must be approved by IDEV.

IDEV Plan of Study AY 14-15

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Curriculum

 

International Development Program | M.A. Requirements

International Development Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Entering Class 2014-2015
 
Students must take the equivalent of 16 non-language courses (64 credits) in order to graduate. Those students who are approved for dual degree or advanced standing may only need to take 12 or 14 courses as approved by Academic Affairs.

 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Students concentrating in International Development (IDEV) must complete Microeconomics (B- or greater) prior to matriculating at SAIS through SAIS Summer, Non-Degree or Pre-Term programs or by passing the SAIS waiver exam. Students concentrating in International Development must take at least 6 courses in the program in addition to a constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning course. Students cannot count their constrained International Economics and Quantitative Reasoning courses toward their IDEV requirements of at least 6 courses in the program.

·         1 course Introduction to Development (SA.400.821) required in the fall semester of the first year
·         2 courses starting with the prefix SA.400.XXX and/or IDEV Approved Regional Courses
·         3 courses from one of the Professional Field Tracks 
 
TRACKS
Students choose one of the following IDEV Professional Field Tracks:
·         Development Economics (DevEc)
·         Finance and Development (F&D)
·         Global Health (GH)
·         Governance, Politics and Development (GP&D)
·         Management for Development (MfD)
·         Social Entrepreneurship and Business (SEB)
·         Social Policy and Programs (SP)
·         Trade and Development (T&D)
Approved Courses for IDEV Professional Field Tracks

 

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

Students must complete 4 courses within this program.
·         Macroeconomics (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Trade Theory (prerequisite Microeconomics)
·         International Monetary Theory (prerequisite Macroeconomics)
·         One IDEV constrained economics course: Comparative Perspectives on Economic Growth & Development, Economic Development, Introduction to Economic Development, Microeconomics of Development, Theories & Models of Economic Development (BO), Topics in Growth and Development or another Development Economics course approved by IDEV.
 
Eligible students who pass the waiver exams in these subjects or who pass Macro in Pre-Term must replace those courses with alternate economics courses. Many students choose to pursue an International Economics Specialization in one of four areas of economics and therefore use electives to meet these requirements. Students may also choose to specialize in Emerging Markets.

 

QUANTITATIVE REASONING

Students must complete one course from the list below as their constrained IDEV course.
·         Statistical Methods for Business & Economics 
·         Econometrics (prerequisite Statistical Methods for Business & Economics)
·         Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Econometrics)
 
Students may not double-count a Quantitative Reasoning requirement as one of the four required International Economics courses and vice-versa. Eligible students who pass the statistics waiver exam or pass the statistics course in Pre-Term are still required to take an alternate Quantitative Reasoning course from the list above.

 

CORE COURSES/EXAMS

All SAIS students must pass 2 core exams and/or courses. If the core courses/exams are not completed by the start of the final semester, a student must enroll for credit in the core course(s). IDEV students are strongly encouraged to take Comparative National Systems as one of their core exams and/or courses.
·         American Foreign Policy Since World War II
·         Comparative National Systems
·         Evolution of the International Systems
·         Theories of International Relations

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

MA candidates must pass exams to demonstrate proficiency in a second language. This language must be offered at SAIS. Students whose native language is not English may use English as their proficiency language. All non-native English speakers are required to pass an English placement exam upon entering SAIS, even if not using English for proficiency.

 

CAPSTONE

IDEV concentrators must complete ONE of the following capstones:

1. IDEV Oral Exam with an IDEV examiner and an economist
2. IDEV Practicum
3. MA Oral Exam (to compete for honors—if eligible)

Students who choose to dual concentrate must choose IDEV as their primary concentration. All dual-concentrations must be approved by IDEV.

IDEV Plan of Study AY 14-15

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

Entering Class 2013-2014
Entering Class 2012-2013
Entering Class 2011-2012
Entering Class 2010-2011
Entering Class 2009-2010

Waiver Exams

Specializations and Practicum

IDEV students can opt for a specialization in Development Economics or International Finance, offered through the International Economics Program, or a specialization in Emerging Markets. IDEV students are encouraged to combine functional approaches with SAIS's rich offerings in the development experience of specific regions such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Specializations

IDEV students can opt for a specialization in Development Economics or International Finance, offered through the International Economics Program, or a specialization in Emerging Markets. IDEV students are encouraged to combine functional approaches with SAIS's rich offerings in the development experience of specific regions such as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

International Development Practicum
In order to expand the opportunities to work directly with public, private and non-governmental organizations, IDEV offers a two-semester Practicum class to second year students for credit. Successful completion of the Practicum also serves as a Capstone for graduating students. In academic year 2013-14, IDEV introduced the practicum on a pilot basis and 16 students are currently enrolled in the course.

What is a Practicum?
A practicum is a course designed to provide students the tools and opportunity to work with an external client on a development problem or opportunity. It allows students the opportunity to apply their research, analysis and practical skills to an issue that is of direct relevance to a client. The team of students works closely with the client to produce a high quality output in the form of a publishable report, policy or program that may be implemented by the client. In addition to allowing students to translate their knowledge into practice, the practicum experience also allows students to make valuable contacts with potential employers.

How is the Practicum implemented?
Approximately 20 second year IDEV students are eligible for taking the practicum as a course for credit, over two semesters. They are selected in the Fall semester based on their coursework, prior experience and demonstrated interest. Students form teams and work with a professor throughout the Fall semester to conduct research and design a proposal collaboratively with previously identified clients. They meet once a week to discuss research methods, their proposals, and progress with the professor assigned to lead their team. Teams undertake field research during winter break and complete a report to the client upon their return. Students are required to meet with the professor at an assigned class time each week. Every member of the team is held responsible for the timely completion of assignments. The practicum requires that student teams meet outside of class both with each other as well as with the client. The entire team is held responsible for coordinating logistics with the client. Students are evaluated both individually and on the basis of the final product that they deliver to the client.

In 2014, 16 second year students successfully completed the first IDEV Practicum. Four teams delivered high quality, valuable products to a diversity of clients from the World Bank to large and small NGOs in India. Deliverables included surveys in rural Indian villages and large cities such as Bangalore, primary data collection through phone interviews in the US, stakeholder and sector analyses based on secondary sources. Students completed business plans, monitoring and evaluation guides, new research guides and methodologies for their final deliverables with the following clients:
  • Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services (Kottayam, India)
  • LV Prasad Eye Institute (Hyderabad, India)
  • Reap Benefit (Bangalore, India)
  • Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
Student Final Deliverables 

IDEV Practicum Client Final Presentations 2013-14, 4/29/2014
Please find the video recording link of the event below:
http://youtu.be/lxNZW4frbJY

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Featured Courses

These are typical International Development Courses:

  • China in Africa
  • Comparative Agricultural Policy
  • Delivering Services in Developing Countries
  • Development Strategies
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Global Health Policy
  • IDEV Practicum
  • Introduction to Development
  • Management for Development Professionals
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovations in Development
  1. Spring 2015

    China in Africa

    This course critically examining China's rapidly growing economic, political and...

  2. Spring 2015

    Comparative Agricultural Policy

    A public policy is a decision or action (or non-decision...

  3. Fall 2014

    Delivering Services in Developing Countries

    Basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, solid waste disposal...

  4. Fall 2014

    Development Strategies

    Study of development reveals a wide range of proposals for...

  5. Fall 2014

    Financial Inclusion

    Close to 2.5 billion people—more than one-third of the world’s...

  6. Fall 2014

    Global Health Policy

    This course gives students an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of contemporary...

  7. Fall 2014

    IDEV Practicum

    The Practicum is a course designed to provide students with...

  8. Fall 2014

    Introduction to Development

    Development is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that must be studied...

  9. Fall 2014

    Management for Development Professionals

    Program impact depends as much on how managers address implementation...

  10. Spring 2015

    Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques

    This course familiarizes students with the conceptual, theoretical and methodological...

  11. Spring 2015

    Social Entrepreneurship: Driving Innovation in Development

    Is a 4-credit course offered jointly by the JHU Carey...

Program Activities

 

Development Roundtable

Coordinated and led by IDEV students, this events series provides speakers the opportunity to address the challenges of global development assistance and to suggest new initiatives that will improve the field. Learn more about the Development Roundtable.

 

Internships

Internships are an integral part of the learning experience and an entrée to future employment. The IDEV Program encourages students to pursue internships and research opportunities in developing countries during the summer and in Washington, D.C., during the school year.

Global Health Summer Internship Guidelines 2014-II

 

Perspectives: IDEV Student-Led Publication

Each spring IDEV publishes Perspectives, with articles on cutting-edge issues in development, many written by IDEV faculty, students and alumni.  Each annual issue focuses on a specific theme of development.

If you would like to receive a copy of SAIS Perspectives 2014, please contact saisidev@jhu.edu.
SAIS Perspectives 2014

Perspectives Launch Event - Recorded April 2nd, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krtJihtFs_c
 

 

 

 

 

Program Activities: Washington, D.C.

Program Activities: Europe

Program Activities: Nanjing

Events

 

 



2014

  1. Political Order and Political Decay 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Oct29

    Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, will discuss his new book Political Order and Political Decay.

2014

  1. The New Kings of Crude: China, Oil, and Civil War in Sudan and South Sudan 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Oct20

    Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Stud­ies, will discuss his book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan and this topic. Note: This event will have a live webcast.

  2. Financial Globalization in China 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Oct9

    José Antonio Ocampo, professor and director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; Ming Zhang, senior research fellow and the director of the Department of International Investment at the Institute of World Economics and Politics; and Kevin Gallagher, visiting scholar in the International Development Program at SAIS and associate professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, will discuss this topic and release their new report Capital Account Liberalization: The Need for a Balanced Approach. Note: This event will have a live webcast.

  3. Working With the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Oct8

    Brian Levy, senior adjunct professor of International Development, will discuss this topic.

  4. Trade Links Between Asia and Latin America 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Oct1

    Naoyuki Yoshino, dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, will discuss this topic.

     

  5. China Africa Research Initiative Kickoff Meeting 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Sep30

    The China Africa Research Initiative will host  a kickoff meeting. Note: This event is off the record.

  6. IDEV China Africa Research Initiative Conference 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM May17

    Various speakers will discuss this topic during the conference.

  7. China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa: ‘Land Grabs’ or ‘Friendship Farms’? 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM May16

    Various speakers will discuss this topic. For a detailed agenda, visit: http://sais-cari.org/events/. Note: There will be a live webcast of this event.

  8. China’s Growing Aid Program in the Pacific: Cooperation or Competition with Australia? 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Apr8

    Graeme Smith, postdoctoral fellow in the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney Business School and a visiting fellow in the State, Society, and Governance in Melanesia Program at Australian National University, will discuss this topic.

  9. Climate Change with Economic Growth: What to Watch in 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Apr3

    Andrew Steer, president and CEO of World Resources Institute, will discuss this topic.

  10. Perspectives Launch 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Apr2

    Tanvi Nagpal, practitioner-in-residence in the International Development Program, will discuss speak at the launch party for the annual student publication Perspectives. Note: this event is of the record.

Research

Our Alumni

 

IDEV Alumni

In addition to making a decisive impact on the field of international development, IDEV graduates have established an active alumni network and maintain a close relationship with the program. They also give back to the program in many ways - delivering presentations at brown bag lunches, assisting in SAIS's Admissions Office and on career development panels, offering job and internship advice to current students, and serving as the best possible advocates for recruiting new students.

If you would like to stay connected log on to InCircle to register and keep in touch!  In addition there is also a SAIS International Development group on Linked In.

We appreciate the responses from all of you who have contacted us regarding your current endeavors.  We hope to establish a complete list of IDEV student alumni updates.  If you would like to update us with your updated contact information, plans, and/or future endeavors we kindly ask you to click the following link IDEV Alumni Form.

If you are interested in contacting our alumni or have additional questions regarding IDEV alumni affairs please contact the International Development Program at saisidev@jhu.edu.

External Resources

 

IDEV Blog

See our new blog, click here.  

New Post on 10/14/2014 - “The Quest for Three Cities: Improving Municipal Funding for Urban Sanitation"
By Professor Tanvi Nagpal, Associate Director of SAIS International Development ProgramimageWater treatment plant in Nakuru, Kenya (Photo credit: Prof. Tanvi Nagpal)

 

Perspectives

SAIS Perspectives is an annual publication of the International Development program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. The publication provides a forum for discussion of critical, cutting-edge topics with the goal of proposing innovative ways of thinking about the practice and policy of international development.

Professor Cinnamon Dornsife, Faculty Advisor prior to 2014, promoting SAIS Perspectives.

2014-2015 Perspectives Editorial Team:

Professor Tanvi Nagpal, Editorial Advisor (tnagpal1@jhu.edu)
Jacob Morrin, Editor-in-Chief (jmorrin1@jhu.edu)
Gregor Schueler, Senior Editor (gschuel1@jhu.edu)
Ashley Augsburger, D.C. based Editor (aaugsbu2@jhu.edu)
Gabor Debreczeni, Bologna based Editor (gdebrec1@jhu.edu
Deea Ariana, Bologna based Editor (dariana2@jhu.edu)

Click here for past publications. 

 

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Deborah Bräutigam
Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics, Director of the International Development Program

dbrautigam@jhu.edu
202-650-5412
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Tanvi Nagpal
Associate Director of the International Development Program, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence

tnagpal1@jhu.edu
(202) 663-5947
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Cinnamon Dornsife
Senior Advisor of the International Development Program, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence

cdornsife@jhu.edu
202-663-5691
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Robin Washington
Academic Program Coordinator

rbwashington@jhu.edu
202-663-5650
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Ada Ho
Academic Program Assistant

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Address & Phone

International Development
Bernstein-Offit Building
1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
  • 202-663-5650; 202-663-5943
  • 202-663-7701