The George Washington University

Elliott School of International Affairs

International Development Studies


Phillips Hall, Room 107, 801 22nd Street, N.W.

Funger Hall, Suite 301


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

International Development Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in International Development Studies (IDS) provides students with a broad understanding and appreciation of current development theories, ethics, and issues, as well as a grounding in the skills needed to formulate development policy and implementation of development projects. Students prepare for professional careers in the field of international development through interdisciplinary coursework that includes the study of economics, research methods, policy analysis, and management. Students are required to be proficient in a modern foreign language to receive the degree. In consultation with the program director and faculty advisors, students can design their own concentrations based on an area of interest in the field of development. In their final year, students complete capstone projects, working with Elliott School faculty mentors in partnership with aid organizations to contribute to ongoing development projects around the world.


Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency On the approved list of the American Association of University Women The Elliott School of International Affairs is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL score no lower than 100; IELTS no lower than 7.0 with no individual ban score below 6.0

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 40

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1,515 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.

Locale: Large City

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