Master in International Development - Admissions & fees

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The total tuition for the Master in International Development is 32,000 euros*. IE uses a rolling admissions process; therefore, there is no single application deadline. However, we recommend applying early given the limited number of places in the program.


The tuition fee includes:

•   All expenses related to academic learning, including: Access to relevant technology, multimedia learning tools, conferences, access to physical and digital library resources and access to the various IE Centers of Excellence.

•   A contribution to IE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which supports students during and after the program.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

**Special Conditions for IE Alumni, please contact your admissions advisor for more information.

***To become an IE University student, all IE Community members should make a one-off contribution to the IE Foundation. This is a single payment of €1,200 to be made during the enrollment process.



We understand that you’re making a significant investment and we believe that maximizing the availability of payment plan options is important in making your Master in International Development affordable.

Our payment plans offer the following benefits:

  • The ability to pay your tuition fees in up to 6 consecutive installments
  • They can be used in conjunction with your financial aid award shall you receive a scholarship
  • Our payment plans are interest-free and there are no pre-approval requirements or credit checks

Kindly note that plans with more than 3 consecutive installments will be charged 400€ for the administrative service it involves.

For further information, please contact the Admissions Department.

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Step 1

Online Application Form

Candidates should complete the sections that appear in the online application form and must also upload the following documents:


  • Bachelor degree from an accredited university (*)
  • Official university transcripts (certified translation into English or Spanish)
  • 1 page CV/Resume. See example here.
  • 1 essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • English language certificate – for non-Native English speakers: we accept the TOEFL (minimum score of 100), the IELTS (minimum score of 7), Duolingo English Test (minimum score 120) or a Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency level. A certificate is not required if you completed an undergraduate degree in English. The validity of all previously mentioned English language certificates for IE’s admissions process is two years, from the date you took the exam.
  • Photocopy of current passport
  • Passport size picture
  • Application fee: 150€ (fee is not refundable)

*Should you have any issues attaching the documents, you may send them directly to us at
**Possible additional legalization and/or translation requirements might be applicable. Please click here for more info.

Step 2

Online Assessment

Once you have submitted your online application and paid the application fee, you will receive a link to answer three live questions, two in video format and one in written format. This way, our admissions team will be able to meet you virtually and evaluate your capacity to respond in real time.

Step 3

Entrance Exam

Students are required to take either the GMAT, GRE or IEGAT.

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Step 4

Personal Interview

You will have a personal interview (face-to-face or via online) with a manager of the Admissions Team.

Step 5

Admissions Committee Final Decision

After the interview, your entire application will be evaluated holistically by our Admissions Committee. This is the last step of your application and it will take roughly 1-3 weeks for the Admissions Committee to get back to you with a final decision. Admissions are valid for the intake you apply to and the following one.

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What is a Master in International Development?

Created around sustainability and global economics, IE University offers a full-time international development degree for master’s students built in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College. Taking place during 10-months in Madrid, Spain, the master’s program ensures world-class training built around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

What are the subjects within international development?

As one of the best international development graduate programs in the world, the study plan revolves around the five P’s of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: people, planet, peace, prosperity and partnership. Coursework includes data analysis, project management, cross-cultural negotiation, empowerment, specialization tracks, and Capstone Project.

What can I do with a Master in International Development?

The Master in International Development increases your employability to new frontiers. That’s to say, getting a job in international development is guaranteed with so many post-graduate opportunities. Receiving instruction from the UN and other agencies, graduates leave the program with the skills to make meaningful changes in their chosen field.

What is the difference between a Master in International Relations and a Master in International Development?

If you’re thinking about pursuing international development studies, you’ll need to know the difference between international relations and international development. For example, international development involves quantifiables, metrics and tools to directly measure economic and aid projects. Meanwhile, international relations entails the “soft skills” around politics, like cooperation, dialogue and diplomacy.

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