Global Development and Innovation (Graduate Certificate)

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One of the greatest moral and political imperatives of our time is growing inequality in society. Are you interested in working for nonprofits, governments, foundations and research institutions? Gain a global development perspective that emphasizes knowledge and skills to realize transformative social change.

The graduate certificate in global development and innovation responds to the knowledge and skills gap that development practitioners often struggle with globally. It provides current and critical perspectives as well as analytical and practical skills to address some of today's most pressing global challenges including inequality, sustainability and poverty.

Program graduates will acquire an understanding of the main debates in global development and will be able to engage in informed and critical ways with professionals from a range of development backgrounds.

At A Glance

Global Development and Innovation (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Degree requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3)
GTD 511 Development Policy and Practices (3)

Electives (9 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students select nine credit hours from a restricted elective list. This list can change and increase over time as needed with unit director approval. Students may select a maximum of three one-credit courses toward fulfillment of the total of nine credit hours. Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. personal statement
  3. resume
  4. official transcripts
  5. two letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Acceptable proof consists of a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no band below 6.0, or a Pearson Test of English score of at least 60. The most current requirements are available at

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a master's degree or doctoral degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.

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