Sustainable Development

Prepare to tackle global challenges

This concentration within the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is for students who seek careers as international development practitioners or policymakers. You’ll receive rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis; explore systems thinking and human-centered design; engage in hands-on project-based work through the Integration Lab (i-Lab); and develop the skills to design, manage, and evaluate development programs and policies.


Sustainable Development is a vision for human dignity, economic well-being, social justice, and the preservation of nature on the global level.

In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals, which articulate a vision of globalization along with concrete economic, social, and environmental goals. Students who choose the Sustainable Development concentration will prepare for careers at the forefront of the global effort to “to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.”

The Sustainable Development concentration builds on the programs and expertise of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.