This concentration within the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) is for students who seek careers as international development practitioners or policymakers. You’ll explore the latest approaches to environmental sustainability, human-centered design, and impact evaluation; receive rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis; engage in hands-on project-based work through the Integration Lab (i-Lab); and develop the skills to design, manage, implement, and evaluate development programs and policies.
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 Keough School has substantially impacted my professional goals. . . I discovered that I really enjoy doing development research. I enjoy learning about economics and statistics, and how empirical data can be used to improve development outcomes.
– Uriel Galace, MGA ’21
Coursework focusing on environmental policy, micro and macro economics, policy evaluation and data analysis—along with extensive hands-on practice through the Integration Lab (i-Lab)—will equip you to work in program design, management, and implementation across the globe.
Renewable energy policy specialist
Project support officer
Monitoring and evaluation officer
International development advisor