The Concentration in Applied International Development (AID), in the Master of Science in global technology and development (GTD), provides an online curriculum focused on applied skills and practices in international development, including specializations contributed by other schools and colleges at ASU. The AID Concentration allows early career and experienced professionals to develop and enhance applied skills and attributes in planning, management, analysis and evaluation in development with attention to sectoral specializations – such as education, sustainability, health and business – culminating in an applied project. The program emphasizes skills in analysis, critical thinking and applying knowledge to development-related challenges.

The core course, Development Policy & Practices, is designed to provide an overview of 21st century thinking on international development and links with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also exposes students to thematic policies and current development project practices and implementation.

The GTD-AID is specially designed for both early careers and established international development professionals, who can select a specialization that is closely related to their current work and future aspirations. The applied project allows an in-depth exploration of a topic or theme that is relevant to each individual’s interest and work. Students are invited to consider real workplace issues and problems as the focus of their final project.