The purpose of the M.A. degree in International Development is to provide international development workers with an understanding of the social, cultural, and religious factors that have affected global development throughout history. This study seeks to discover the roots of human problems, analyzing past and present attempts to address these problems and evaluating how they might be addressed more effectively in the future.
This curriculum is designed to provide students a broad foundation in International Development from a multidisciplinary approach. Students may choose to focus on a specific subfield, culture, world region, religion or subject in their papers and in the Graduate Research Paper and Capstone Project, thereby adding depth in one area of knowledge and an initial basic preparation for doctoral studies with a desired Specialization. Students planning to pursue doctoral studies after completing this degree program are encouraged to focus in an area of study relevant to their intended doctoral work. The course is divided into four modules with 32 semester units.