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2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2016-2017 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Development, M.A.

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A Master of Arts in International Development is an experiential program which prepares its graduates with knowledge and practical skills to work with, through, and alongside domestic and international organizations to apply innovative solutions to improving human and social conditions. International development acts at the nexus of civil society, the market, and government through global and local applications. Sustainable responses to societal challenges lie at the intersection of business entrepreneurship and social change, resulting in formative systematic change.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in International Development Program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Integrate knowledge and modes of thinking from multiple disciplines to articulate problems and create sustainable solutions in the international environment.
  2. Develop theoretical knowledge pertaining to international problems or themes.
  3. Use ethical, culturally inclusive, and sustainable approaches to problem solving.
  4. Engage resources, stakeholders, and organizations  in addressing barriers to sustainable development.
  5. Lead, communicate, and think critically and entrepreneurially within an intercultural context.
  6. Analyze and utilize the flow of information from evolving media.
  7. Embrace both ambiguity and ethics in global problem solving.

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered fully online.

Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses 12 cr.
Required Core 15 cr.
Management Course 3 cr.
Summative Activities 6 cr.
Electives 3 cr.
Total 39 cr.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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