Cornell University

International Development Studies

MPA Fellows concentrating in International Development Studies are concerned with policy issues, policy formulation and implementation in developing countries.This concentration helps students understand the broad and specific contexts in which international development decisions are made. Students can explore international development concerns using a range of interdisciplinary perspectives and methods including anthropology, demography, economics, regional planning, sociology, biotechnology, and legal studies.

Representative International Development Studies Coursework

AEM 4420: Emerging Markets

AEM 4300: International Trade Policy

CRP 6011: Ethics, Development, and Globalization

PADM 5655: Planning and Management of Agriculture and Rural Development

NS 4450: Sustainable Global Food Systems

PAM 5210: Development Economics and Public Policy

*Consult the Course Guide for a more comprehensive list of course offerings.

Representative International Development Studies Employers (Full Time and Internships)

Inter-American Development Bank

International Finance Corporation

International Food Policy Research Institute

UN Development Programme

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

UN Food and Agriculture Organization

UN World Food Programme

US Agency for International Development

The World Bank

Home Country Governments

Representative International Development Studies Occupational Titles:

Foreign Service Officer


Operations Manager

Program Analyst

Program Officer

Project Coordinator

Research Analyst

For more information on opportunities through our International Development Studies Concentration:

Alexis Arthur, Inter-American Dialogue

Capstone Project: Pader Girls' Aacademy