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:

  • November 1st for the Spring 2019 semester
  • 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.


Welcome to Ph.D. Program in Innovation in Global Development at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University!

Innovation in Global Development (IGD)

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.


Gary Grossman, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Academic Programs

Gary has worked with the World Bank, USAID, and the UN to integrate ‘hands-on’ work in the field of development with policy and practice. He has been the principal investigator for approximately $35M in national and international grants and has received two Fulbright research awards. He regards the engagement of people in developing nations as critical to truly making the future serve everyone.


Global Technology and Development students are advised by Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier, degree program chair, or Wendi Taylor, graduate program advisor. If you have questions regarding what classes you should take, or if you need to discuss your options for a thesis, applied project, comprehensive exam for the on-campus program, or advanced research project for the online program, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you!


*Required core course: GTD 511 Development Policy & Practices (3 credits)

*Required concentration courses: select 9 credits from the list below

Degree Information

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.