Master in International Development

A more sustainable world is within reach
United Nations System Staff College
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IE's School of Global and Public Affairs and the United Nations System Staff College have partnered to provide world-class training for professionals who want to tackle the complex challenges associated with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Students of the Master in International Development will receive world-class training that will enable them to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental prosperity around the world.

10 months





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The curriculum encompasses the 5 P’s defined by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. The United Nations System Staff College has built the curriculum for this Master together with IE experts and professors.

This unique and comprehensive program equips ambitious individuals who want to make a change in the world, with the skills and expertise needed to generate a positive global impact. Students will receive the tools needed to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental prosperity around the world.

Ana Sánchez-Junco

Manager - Global Recruitment

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In their own words

For many of our students, the motivation to advance their studies comes from a desire to challenge their own views. They want to see the world through new eyes, and hear different perspectives and ideas. Others want to forge a career where they know they’ll make a positive impact from the local to the global level, addressing the challenges facing humanity as we look to an uncertain tomorrow.

Representing a wide variety of diverse backgrounds, one thing that our students have in common is that they want to make a difference. They want to collaborate with top-tier international companies and institutions and make their voices heard, helping to build a better future for all. These videos capture their unique ambitions, motivations, and stories—told in their own words.


Students must fulfill the following requirements to be able to request the issuance of the Official University Degree upon completion of the Master Program.

What is the 2030 Agenda?


The Master in International Development equips students with the tools to develop, design, implement and evaluate new solutions touching on topics such as inequality, access to education, eradicating poverty and other issues negatively impacting the world.

Our partnership with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) reinforces the learning experience, setting students up with the skills and opportunities they need to start or develop a career in international development. IE’s learning methodology focuses on practical cases, teamwork, consulting projects, business simulations, and class debates. Additional teaching methods include case studies, simulation exercises, field experiences and in-class use of technological tools for applied learning.

Students will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the field, enabling them to quickly analyze and dissect each challenge, anticipate the possible outcomes and create innovative solutions to drive positive change.

Top Reasons to join The Master in International Development

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Agility, flexibility and fluidity are key to navigating today’s increasingly digital, constantly changing world.

At IE University we have developed Liquid Learning, a unique and evidence-based educational model that transcends conventional learning methodologies and platforms by fusing physical and digital learning spaces so that you can access first-rate education, no matter where you are.

In the particular case of the Master in International Development, you are expected to attend your classes in person. However, if you are unable to attend for justifiable reasons, you have the possibility to participate remotely as a temporary solution.

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