Graduate Certificate in International Development


The Graduate Certificate Program in International Development is a 15 credit program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in developing countries. Courses will engage students with some of the most interesting and challenging problems facing humanity. The curriculum explores the currents of change in the modern world with particular emphasis on the impact of a globalizing world on poor and developing societies and the responsibilities of rich societies in that equation.

The International Development program is a multi-disciplined curriculum consisting of studies in economics, politics, history, environmental sciences, education, anthropology, sociology and management. It asks very broad questions such as ‘why is there poverty?’ as well as more nuanced questions regarding the role of civil-society and how to measure aid effectiveness

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The University of Massachusetts Boston is currently not accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Please contact your state's Board of Education for details. Click here for information on distance education authorization in other states.


Registration is administered through College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston. Payment is due upon registration. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per credit $575
Returned Check Fee per semester** $28
Total for course*** $1725 (575 x 3 credits = 1725)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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Preferences for admittance to the program will be given to individuals already working in the field of international development or other international organizations seeking to advance their careers through additional certification. The program will also be strongly looking to recruit individuals from the developing world with strong academic backgrounds who are looking to make themselves attractive to international development recruiters. Individuals with no international development background but with a strong academic background in development economics, international relations or relevant technical disciplines (IT, health, engineering) are strongly encouraged to apply..

An Applicant for the proposed graduate certificate program must:

1. Have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
2. Submit a completed online Graduate Admissions Form;
3. Submit a copy of a resume;
4. Submit official transcripts from every institution previously attended prior to UMass Boston;
5. Submit a TOEFL score that meets the requirements of the University for Graduate study or a Bachelor’s degree from another U.S. University;
6. Arrange for an interview by phone, in person, or online with program staff;
7. Have access to computer technology necessary for online study;
8. Submit two letters of recommendation and a statement of interests/Intent to: The office of Graduate Admissions and Records, University of Massachusetts Boston
9. If employed, one of the letters should come from an applicant’s direct supervisor

Plan of Study: 

Students will be required to take all six courses detailed below with the two theory courses to be taken prior to the three practical courses. The internship/practicum component should be the last thing undertaken by the student.

The six required courses are:

1. International Development: Theory and History (3 credit)
2. International Institutions and Development (3 credit)
3. Program Monitoring and Evaluation for International Development (3 credit)
4. Grant Writing for International Development (1.5 credit)
5. Project Management in International Development (1.5 credit)
6. Internship (3 credit)-or- Practicum (3 credit)

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility.

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