GTD 4+1

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (4+1) Degree Program

Available only to undergraduate students in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and students in the BS in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management in The Polytechnic School


The GTD-AID application process:


Required Core Courses for the Degree (17 credits)


Students will find this transdisciplinary degree to be unique, relevant, and compelling to advance both their professional and personal goals. For example , a 2015 survey of experienced development professionals by DEVEX -the largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development - in partnership with US Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed that 79% of respondents believe that they will do better job as development practitioners if they have graduate degree in global development.


Innovation in Global Development students are advised by Wendi Taylor, graduate program advisor, and interim degree program chair, Dr. Gary Grossman. If you have questions regarding coursework, dissertation, or procedures, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We look forward to hearing from you! 


Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed by the IGD Executive Committee and students may be admitted for the Fall or Spring terms. The priority application deadlines are:

  • December 15 for the following Fall term
  • May 15 for the following Spring term

In view of ASU's commitment to access, applications received after the priority deadline for the anticipated term will in some circumstances be considered at the discretion of the program chair; however, admission is not guaranteed.


Fueled by advances in science and technology, the 20th century brought significant economic growth worldwide. However, singularly focused development approaches prioritizing economic growth are now challenged by pressing concerns of inequalities, global environmental change, conflict and violence, demands for equal access to resources, and migration to cities. This is further compounded by global aspirations for sustainable futures for all. Addressing these concerns with foresight has become the moral and political imperative of the moment.