Micaela Vivero, SIS/MA '94
Gaining a strong foundation in international development opened doors for me.
My experience working in global development and my understanding of the issues made my work in marketing and communications stronger—I was able to put complex issues into context and communicate them better to audiences. Learn more about Vivero's career and work at GoodWeave International.
When you should apply to the program depends on what semester you want to start taking classes and whether you are a domestic or international student.
Application deadlines for an MA in International Development are as follows:
- Fall semester: January 15
- Spring semester: October 1
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Our graduates go into careers that make a positive impact on the world. With a customizable professional track, 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 grassroot organizations, feed and assist refugees, and enter the Foreign Service.
Employers that hire MAID graduates include: the World Bank, Save the Children, Chemonics, OXFAM, US 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.
Current 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 and professional 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 (MAID) and the MS in Development Management (MSDM) is each degree’s focus on facilitating and managing change versus its focus on theories and definitions of international development. The MAID provides professional preparation in development politics, research, economics, and theories, while the MSDM—the only MS at SIS—provides applied and innovative management skills and requires a minimum of two years professional experience to apply.
Both MAID and MSDM require the completion of a capstone project. MAID students may choose to pursue a Practicum in International Affairs, Thesis, or Substantial Research Project (SRP). MSDM students complete a 6-credit self-designed Management Practicum that gives students hands-on management experience in a real-world setting.