International Development

Volume 1: 2022.2023

Effective 1 June 2022 through 31 May 2023

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Graduate Certificate
12 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences..

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

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 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 Introduction to International Relations 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 hours)

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 5535 International Disaster Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5540 International 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 and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)
  • INGO 5900 Project Management for International and Nongovernmental Organizations (3 hours)


See the Admission section of this catalog for general admission requirements. Students interested in applying must submit their application online at Transcripts should be sent from your institution electronically to If this service is not available, send transcripts to:

Office of Admission
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470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119