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Global Development Practice Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


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Gain knowledge, practical skills, and experience in global development issues.

Critically evaluate and address the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree in the field of global development practice you:

  • Develop a holistic understanding of policy instruments, social complexities, human health risks, ecological system dynamics, technological innovations, and financial models to advance sustainable development.
  • Identify and challenge assumptions, seeking alternatives, determining solutions and engaging the client organization(s) to accept recommendations for implementation.
  • Engage with the global network of development professionals.
  • Employ state of the art project management techniques.
  • Leverage local knowledge through global practice.

Harvard Extension School is a member of the Global Association of Master in Development Practice and meets the Association’s standard of core development practice competencies.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Global Development Practice.

Through our learner-centered approach, students define problems, engage with stakeholders, evaluate evidence, determine priorities of action, and deliver an implementable plan.

  • 32

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 55%

    Working Full Time

  • 100%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 40%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Change

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following two courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • ENVR E-101 Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Management
  • DEVP E-102 Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Global Development Systems

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.