Graduate Specialization - Graduate Specialization in International Development

Program:
Graduate Specialization in International Development
Program Code:
4714 International Development
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Specialization Graduate - Doctoral
Start Term:
SS98
College:
College of Social Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Social Science

Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations

Graduate Specialization in International Development

The Graduate Specialization in International Development are available as electives for students who are enrolled in master’s and doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.  The College of Social Science administers the specialization.  The graduate academic advisor for international development, located in the college, coordinates the specialization on behalf of the Dean.

The Specialization in International Development is  designed to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for graduate students to obtain a comprehensive and contemporary academic experience in the field of international development studies.
  2. Sensitize graduate students with an interest in development studies to their professional obligations and responsibilities.
  3. Develop an intellectual environment that will foster the growth of research and teaching in the area of development studies.

The graduate academic advisor for international development in the College of Social Science is responsible for establishing a guidance committee for the specialization for each student. With the approval of the graduate academic advisor for international development in the College of Social Science, a guidance committee that has responsibility for overseeing a student’s master’s or doctoral degree program will normally oversee the student’s program of study for the specialization. At least one member of the committee must be a member of the international development core faculty who will serve as the student’s academic advisor for the specialization.

Students who elect the specialization may be required to study the foreign language most relevant to their educational and career objectives, to acquire practical experience in development work, and to complete courses in addition to the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization.

Although separate graduate specializations in international development have been established for master’s and doctoral students, a given student may receive certification of completion of  either the specialization for master’s students or the specialization for doctoral students, but not for both of the specializations.

With the approval of the department or school and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in International Development

The student must complete a concentration within international development such as gender and health, gender and work, rural development, environment and development, development administration, nongovernmental organizations in development, or politics of development. Any course that was used to satisfy the requirements for the undergraduate Specialization in International Development may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Specialization in International Development. The student’s program of study must be approved by the student’s guidance committee for the specialization and must meet the requirements specified below:

Master’s Student: The student must complete 12 credits as outlined below. At least half of the credits must come from outside the student's
major.

  1. Complete two of the Core Courses listed below. Only one of the courses may be at the 400 level.  (6)
  2. Complete at least two additional courses, of at least 3 credits each, which are relevant to the student’s concentration within international development  (6)

Doctoral Student: The student must complete 18 credits as outlined below:

  1. Complete two of the Core Courses listed below. Only one of the courses
     may be at the 400 level  (6)
  2. Complete at least four additional courses, of at least 3 credits each, which are relevant to the student’s concentration within international development  (12)
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination on the student’s concentration within international development. With the approval of the department or school and college that administer the student’s degree program, this examination may be incorporated into the comprehensive examinations that are required for the degree.

Core Courses: 
AEC        861    Agriculture in Economic Development  (3)
ANP        867    Archaeological Theory  (3)
EC          410    Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries  (3)
GEO       454    Spatial Aspects of Regional Development  (3)
PLS        853    Political Economy of Development Policy  (3)
RD          826    International Development and Sustainability  (3)
SOC       832    International Inequality and Development  (3)
WS         403    Women and Change in Developing Countries  (3)