International Development

Volume 1: 2017.2018

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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Graduate Certificate
12 Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Description

The certificate in international development gives students the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in the theories, issues, actors, problems, and solutions facing countries and other actors undergoing the development process. Coursework will expose students to development challenges posed by such issues as poverty, hunger, conflict, human rights, and sustainability. Where available, this certificate may be earned while completing the MA in international relations, GMA in international relations, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the concepts, actors, and issues related to international development.
  • Differentiate between the political, economic, and social conditions in developed and developing countries.
  • Apply major theories of international relations to current and historical issues in international development.


INTL 5000 or at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in international relations.


The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in international development must include the following required course (3 hours), and three electives (9 hours):

  • INTL 5580 Politics of Development (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Choose from the following courses:

  • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
  • INTB 5720 International Trade and Finance (3 hours)
  • INTL 5800 Globalization (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5000 Introduction to International Non-Governmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INTB 5960 Economic Development (3 hours)
  • INTL 5700 Humanitarian Issues in International Politics (with development-themed sub-topic) (3 hours)
  • INGO 5700 Grant Writing, Fundraising, and Development for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all required admission materials to

Webster University
Office of Admission
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119