Master in International Development | IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs

Master in International Development

duration10 months
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember
MODE OF STUDYFull-time
FORMATIn-person
duration10 months
languageEnglish
locationMadrid
intakeSeptember
MODE OF STUDYFull-time
FORMATIn-person

A PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE LEADERS OF THE WORLD

The Master in International Development is a forward-thinking and comprehensive program designed to align with the principles of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which focuses on the 5 P's: people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership.

Structured around key thematic areas, this program aims to equip students with a profound understanding of the intricate mechanisms involved in international development. Through a combination of rigorous coursework and practical training, students develop the skills necessary to advance their careers and contribute significantly to global progress.

Moreover, the Master in International Development offers a personalized learning experience. With four specialization tracks available—Development Innovation & Emerging Technologies, Governance & Social Inclusion, Environmental Politics and Climate Action, and Finance, Trade, and Business for Sustainable Development—students have the flexibility to tailor their program to their specific interests and career goals.

The core courses within the program are divided into three areas: Cross-cultural Negotiation and Empowerment, 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and Data Analysis and Project Management. These courses provide students with a solid foundation in key areas of international development, preparing them to tackle complex challenges in the field.

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Cross-cultural negotiation and empowerment

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A strong foundation in emotional intelligence and other soft skills will help students grow both personally and professionally, and teach them how to lead teams effectively in multicultural environments. By focusing on case studies, students acquire practical management techniques and learn how to drive long-term positive change in communities.

2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Students will receive an introduction to the world of development policy, structured around the 5 Ps of the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. This will deepen their understanding of the need to drive sustainable, positive growth that respects the environment and local communities.

Data analysis and project management

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The next generation of international development professionals needs strong analytical and management skills in order to lead teams and ensure that projects are positive, sustainable and efficient. Students will become familiar with data analysis, project management, impact assessment and risk analysis, and learn to apply this information when designing and implementing development projects.

EXPLORE THE MASTER IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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The pre-program is an introductory period where you will delve into key economic theories and develop skills to handle real-world data, while gaining insights on probability theory and economic theory. Unless you pass an exam beforehand, the pre-program is mandatory to progress to the Master in International Development.

PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS PRE-COURSE

This pre-course has been designed to introduce you to the basics in statistical data analysis. By taking this course, you will learn essential mathematical principles, core statistical concepts, and the use of statistical software R which lays the foundations of the program.

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS PRE-COURSE

This pre-course has been designed to provide you with an understanding of core economic principles and how they apply to real-world issues. During this course, you will learn key economic concepts, as well as fiscal and monetary policies, that will be essential during the Master in International Development.

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IMMERSION WEEK EXPERIENCE

During your Master in International Development, you can get a hands-on experience throughout one week while visiting international organizations and learning from top notch experts how they are overcoming the current global challenges in the field.

* Visits to organizations may vary from one year to another.

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PARTNER UNIVERSITIES FOR THE EXCHANGES

You can customize your program by spending an additional semester at one of our partner universities around the globe. This will come after the third and final semester in Madrid.

We have now finalized agreements with even more partner universities, offering you the choice of 11 world-leading institutions of higher learning to spend your optional semester learning in another country.

NOTE: Spots are limited in all exchange programs. Upon acceptance into an exchange program, there is a fee for reserving your place, but tuition at the partner institution is free of charge. You'll only need to cover your living expenses while there.

SciencesPo

SCIENCES PO

University Pittsburgh

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Universidad SanAndres

UNIVERSIDAD DE SAN ANDRÉS

UNIVERSITY OF ST. GALLEN

UNIVERSITY OF ST. GALLEN

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

UNIVERSITY OF ICELAND

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH

UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA (ITALY)

UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA (ITALY)

UNIVERSITY OF MILAN

UNIVERSITY OF MILAN

LUISS, ROMA

LUISS, ROMA

CAPSTONE PARTNERS

For their final project, students of the Master in International Development can choose between an individual, research-oriented thesis or a practical team-based Capstone Consulting Project. Underneath you can find some of capstone partners for the Master in International Development. 

NOTE: The partners listed here are from previous intakes. Partnering institutions may vary from year to year.

ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM STAFF COLLEGE

IE School of Politics, Economics & Global Affairs and the United Nations System Staff College have joined forces to build a Master’s degree program to attend to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda set by the United Nations.

The United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) is the center of excellence for training and knowledge management within the UN system, which aims to transform the United Nations into a more effective, results-oriented and agile global organization dissemination.

The UNSSC was established in 2002 by the UN General Assembly to serve the personnel of the United Nations and its affiliates. Since 2015, all of the organization’s research and learning efforts have been geared toward enabling the UN system and partners to address the challenges posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNSSC is headquartered in Turin, Italy, and has a second campus in Bonn, Germany.

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IMMERSION WEEK IN GENEVA

Students will enjoy a unique week-long immersion experience in Geneva, where they’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to visit international organizations and network with international development professionals. This will enable them to gain a better understanding of what kind of work awaits them after graduation.

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH UN PROFESSIONALS

Students will engage with top professionals from the UN system as they teach courses and participate in special events such as conferences, seminars, networking events and capstone projects.

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JOINT DESIGN OF THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

The program’s curriculum focuses on the five P’s: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. During the first and second terms, students will touch on each one. They’ll learn how the UN is addressing these issues, and how to tackle them head-on by creating innovative solutions.

CAREER AND INTERNSHIP SUPPORT

Students are encouraged to participate in UN field internships after graduation. IE Career Services helps to facilitate these experiences and provides career guidance.

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AWARD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

Upon completion of the master’s program, each student will receive a certificate of accomplishment from the United Nations.

UNLOCKING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH UNSSC

Are you a UN staff member interested in the program?

GAIN VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AND PUT THEORY INTO PRACTICE!

As a component of the Master in International Development, you'll have the opportunity to engage in hands-on, interactive experiences beyond the classroom. These experiences may vary annually. For instance, there's the H.E.A.T program—a distinctive week-long outdoor activity focused on equipping you with essential knowledge and techniques to handle hazardous situations. Discover how you can acquire and utilize practical skills to tackle real-world challenges.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the courses under International Development?

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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 Projects.

How long does a masters in international development take?

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The Master in International Development is 10 months long and is complemented by an immersion week in Geneva.

Is a Master in International Development hard?

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IE University’s Master in International Development is designed for students who thrive under an intensive academic workload.

Where can I study International Development in Europe?

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IE University’s Master in International Development, developed in collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College, offers students unique insights into international relations, economics, politics, social entrepreneurship and development.

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