Seonghee Choi, SIS/MA ’08
Do the right thing and do it right
I’ve always wanted to work and live abroad to pursue my intense interest in alleviating poverty and its vicious cycle. At the United Nations World Food Program in Lebanon, I’m currently working with refugees, smallholder farmers, women, and local authorities to provide food assistance to those who need it most and supporting vulnerable Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities to make their livelihoods more sustainable and self-reliant.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes in and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Development are as follows:
- Fall semester (all applicants): January 15
- Spring semester (domestic applicants): October 1
- Spring semester (international applicants): September 15
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Our graduates go into careers that make positive impact on our world. With a customizable concentration, students develop the hard and soft skills needed to pursue their individual interests in the international development field.
Our alumni have gone on to build education programs in Sub-Saharan Africa; create new ways of making monitoring, evaluation, and learning useful for grass root organizations; feed and assist refugees; and enter the Foreign Service.
Employers that hire MAID graduates include: World Bank, Save the Children, Chemonics, OXFAM, UN Agency for International Development, Global Fund for Women, World Vision, and more.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission.
Currents students pursuing their MA in International Development have several fellowships and awards available to them to help offset the cost of their education and take advantage of additional academic opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
The difference between the MA in International Development and the MS in Development Management is each degree’s focus on facilitating and managing change versus its focus on theories and definitions of international development. The MA provides professional preparation in development politics, research, economics, and theories, while the MS—the only of its kind at SIS—provides applied and innovative management skills and requires a minimum of two years professional experience to apply.