The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts will offer the inaugural Certificate in the Study of International Development through the Harris School of Public Policy beginning in the fall 2017. 

This certificate will provide graduate students the background necessary to understand the complexities surrounding the study of international development. The curriculum will have an emphasis on comparative development, the political economy of development, and applied methodology. The certificate would provide expertise to position students for a career in government, an NGO, an international organization, or a multinational corporation.

In addition to the course requirements, The Pearson Institute will also offer recommended events for students to participate in throughout the year.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requirements include completion of any three of the courses listed below and are open to any graduate students at the University of Chicago. The courses do not need to be taken in any particular order.

There is no application process for this certificate. Students should contact their academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue the certificate. To meet the requirements for the certificates, students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course, and there is no pass/fail. Students are welcome to receive both this certificate and the Certificate in the Study of Global Conflicts as long as they fulfil both requirements.


  • Why Nations Fail, Professor J. Robinson (PPHA32730)
  • Order & Violence, Professor C. Blattman (PPHA32740)
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resources, Professor L. Martinez (TBD)
  • Education in Developing Contexts, Professor A. Adukia (PPHA35240)
  • Environment and Development, Professor A. Jina (TBD)
  • Poverty & Economic Development, Professor A. Menendez (PPHA35501)
Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
Why Nations Fail Political Economy of Natural Resources Order & Violence
Poverty & Economic Development Education in Developing Contexts  

To suggest other courses for consideration for this certificate, please contact Rebecca Rosen, Director of Operations for The Pearson Institute, at