International Development

International Development Program

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

International Development Program
International Development Program
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

Entering Class 2013-2014
 
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: Economic Development, Introduction to Economic Development, Microeconomics of Development, 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 13-14  

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

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

Curriculum

 

International Development Program | M.A. Requirements

Entering Class 2013-2014
 
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: Economic Development, Introduction to Economic Development, Microeconomics of Development, 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 13-14  

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

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.

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Featured Courses

These are typical International Development Courses:
  • Comparative Agricultural Policy
  • Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries
  • Delivering Services in Developing Countries
  • Development Strategies
  • Financial Inclusion
  • IDEV Practicum
  • Introduction to Development
  • Introduction to Public Health for Development Practitioners
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques
  • Social Entrepreneurship: The Business of Development
  1. Spring 2014

    Corruption in Developing and Transition Countries

    In the last few decades, development scholars and practitioners have...

  2. Fall 2013

    Introduction to Development

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

  3. Spring 2014

    Development Strategies

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

  4. Fall 2013

    Introduction to Public Health for Development Practitioners:

    Over the last several decades public health has come to...

  5. Fall 2013

    Financial Inclusion

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

  6. Spring 2014

    Social Entrepreneurship: The Business of Development

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

  7. Spring 2014

    IDEV Practicum

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

  8. Fall 2013

    Delivering Services in Developing Countries

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

  9. Spring 2014

    Monitoring and Evaluation Techniques

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

  10. Spring 2014

    Comparative Agricultural Policy

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

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 2013, please contact mevange2@jhu.edu.

SAIS Perspectives - 2014 Edition Beyond Poverty: A Broader Development Agenda

Perspectives Launch Event - Recorded April 2nd, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krtJihtFs_c

SAIS Perspectives 2014

 



Program Activities: Washington, D.C.

Program Activities: Europe

Program Activities: Nanjing

Events


 


2014

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Mar5

    Thomas Carothers, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss this topic.

  5. Launching and Scaling Social Enterprises 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Feb12

    James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Enterprise Program at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss this topic.

2013

  1. Drivers of Growth in Middle and Low-Income Sub-Saharan Africa 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Dec4

    Antoinette Sayeh, director of the  Africa Department at the IMF and former Finance Minister of Liberia, will discuss this topic.

  2. The Poor, the Political Economy, and the Role of Patient Capital 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Nov14

    Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, will discuss this topic.

  3. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Nov14

    James Robinson, the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and a faculty associate at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will discuss this topic. A light reception will follow the event.

  4. What Can Go Wrong on the Path to Prosperity? Understanding Global Risks and Vulnerabilities of Low-Income Countries 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM Nov6

    Olaf Unteroberdoerster, deputy division chief for the Low-Income Countries Division at the International Monetary Fund, will discuss this topic.

  5. The Governance Reform Agenda at the IMF 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Nov1

    John Lipsky, distinguished visiting scholar of international economics and former acting managing director of the IMF, will discuss this topic.

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.

In AY 2010-2011, IDEV launched the pilot phase of its new Global Alumni Mentorship Program, which matches IDEV alumni with current second year IDEV students.  The goals of the new program are to help current second year students grow in their intended career paths, and to receive advice, guidance, and feedback from those IDEV alumni already working in international development.   

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 mevange2@jhu.edu.

External Resources

 

IDEV Blogspot

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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.

SAIS Perspectives - 2014 Edition
Beyond Poverty: A Broader Development Agenda


Save the Date!
 
SAIS Perspectives will host its annual launch event for the release of this year's edition of the publication on April 2, 2014!  
 
Event Details:
Event:        SAIS Perspectives Launch Event 
Date:           April 2, 2014
Location:    Rome Auditorium, SAIS Benjamin T. Rome Building; 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20036
Time:           4:30-6:00pm
*A short reception with refreshments will follow the event.
 
The Theme:
In the year 2000, the United Nations outlined eight goals to guide the field of international development for the next fifteen years.  The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targeted poverty reduction, improvement of primary education, and the provision of basic health services.  The MDGs are set to expire in 2015 and, for the first time in more than a decade, the field of development is wide open.  Given this opportunity, the 2014 issue of SAIS Perspectives seeks to explore the question—What’s Next?
 The UN has welcomed open consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Secretary General created a High Level Task Force to lead discussions.  “The World We Want” Platform is collecting input from citizens worldwide, and includes twelve universal goals and national targets for the 2015-2030 period.  While poverty eradication remains Goal 1, subsequent goals broaden the development agenda.  Additionally, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, “Rio +20,” forged a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to emphasize inequality, environmental sustainability, jobs and infrastructure, and peace, and institution building.  What do you think should drive the agenda?
 
2013-2014 Perspectives Editorial Team:
Professor Cinnamon Dornsife, Editorial Advisor (ndornsi1@jhu.edu)
Hilary Kinka, Editor-in-Chief (hilary.kinka@gmail.com)
Ally Carragher, Senior Editor (amcarragher@gmail.com)
Julia Wallin, Senior Editor (juliawallin@gmail.com)
Jenny Lu, Editor (jlu35@jhu.edu)
Jacob Morrin, Editor (jacob.morrin@gmail.com)
Gregor Schueler, Editor (gschuel1@jhu.edu)

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Past Publications

If you would like to receive a copy of SAIS Perspectives 2013, please contact Tina Evangelista at mevange2@jhu.edu

Contact Us

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

dbrautigam@jhu.edu
202-650-5412
BOB 735

Cinnamon Dornsife
Senior Associate Director of the International Development Program, Associate Practitioner-in-Residence

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

saisidev@exchange.johnshopkins.edu
202-663-5650
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Tina Evangelista
Academic Program Assistant

mevange2@jhu.edu
202-663-5943
BOB 726

Address & Phone

International Development
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Washington, D.C. 20036
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