Develop a robust understanding of development issues and the tools with which to evaluate global challenges present across sectors and policy fields.

The International Policy and Development (IPD) Certificate focuses on two broad kinds of questions:

1. How to achieve economic and political development? These courses focus on why some people and societies are poor, unequal, unstable, or unfree, and what circumstances and policies promote wealth, equality, stability, and freedoms.

2. How to design and implement public policy globally? The courses focus on public policy issues in an international setting across a range of subjects, including: education, health, children, criminal justice, public finance, labor markets, elections, and so forth.

The IPD Certificate is designed to prepare students for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Students who complete this certificate will be able to:

  • Assess key arguments advanced historically and currently in the arena of development
  • Understand whether and why an intervention is successful or not, whether an intervention is scalable and how to meaningfully measure outcomes
  • Seek data-driven solutions to development issues across multiple sectors, including economy, education, governance, energy, security, gender, health, and the environment

The certificate’s curated list of electives is designed to allow students to explore multiple academic approaches to understanding development, including from economics, political science, statistics, and psychology. In addition, we encourage students pursuing the certificate to participate in events sponsored by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and by the Harris Public Policy Master of Arts in International Development and Policy (MAIDP) Program.

Application Process

The certificate is open to any University of Chicago graduate student. Harris students please indicate your intent to pursue this certificate using the Harris Certificate Application Form during the application period open in October and June of each academic year. If you are a non-Harris student and intend to complete the requirements for the International Policy and Development certificate please submit the Harris Certificate Application for Non-Harris Students to indicate you are pursuing this certificate. 

Planning for the Certificate

For information on which quarter(s) each course will be offered see the Harris Courses page and filter by certificate. For courses offered by other divisions the typical quarter(s) offered has been indicated.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate requires completion of three certificate courses. Students must achieve at least a B- grade in each course, and there is no pass/fail option. The courses do not need to be taken in a particular order. Students should contact their advisor to indicate their intention to pursue the certificate.

The certificate will be awarded to students who complete any three of the qualifying courses; however, the following two courses are recommended as a fundamental sequence of the certificate:

  • PPHA 35550 Economic Development and Policy (typically offered autumn and winter)
  • PPHA 35556 Political Economics of Developing Countries (typically offered winter and spring)

The following courses also fulfill the requirement for the International Development and Policy certificate:

  • PPHA 30810 The Political Economy of Natural Resources (not offered in 2020-2021) 
  • PPHA 32736 Economics, Politics and African Societies (formerly offered as PPHA 32735 African Development)
  • PPHA 35240 Education in Developing Contexts (tentative for 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 34600 Program Evaluation (International  Development Focus)
  • PPHA 35501 Poverty and Economic Development (not offered in 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 35555 Political Development and Policy (not offered in 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 35560 Translating Evidence for Policy and Program Design
  • PPHA 35580 Doing Business in Africa (not offered in 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 35590 Global Governance (not offered in 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 35565 Infrastructure and Development
  • PPHA 36922 Energy in the Developing World
  • PPHA 39750 Politics and Public Policy in Latin America
  • PPHA 39930 International Climate Policy
  • PPHA 45700 Environment and Development (not offered in 2020-2021) 
  • PPHA 47400 Women, Development and Politics
  • PPHA 57300 Economic Development and Policy (MAIDP) (not offered in 2020-2021)
  • PPHA 60000 International Development Policy Lab
  • LAWS 43232/ PPHA 42820 Law and Economic Development
  • SSAD 62912 / PPHA 32760 Global Development and Social Welfare
  • SSAD 63301/63302 International Perspectives on Social Policy and Social Work Practice
  • SSAD 63800 Program Evaluation in International Settings

Students may petition to count the following courses added during the 2020-2021 academic year toward the certificate. In order to count these courses students must complete the following petition form: Harris Course Waiver and Substitution Form.

  • PPHA 31511 Education and International Development
  • PPHA 35575 Diversity and Inclusion in International Development
  • PPHA 35595 Program Evaluation in International Development
  • PPHA 37040 Economic Growth
  • PPHA 37730 Global Health Policy
  • PPHA 39530 Macroeconomic Policymaking
  • PPHA 57500 Capstone in International Development and Policy

Courses that qualified in 2019-2020 academic year that no longer qualify (students who took any of these courses in the 2019-2020 academic year can count it toward the certificate but those who take any of these courses in the 2020-2021 academic year cannot count it toward the certificate):

  • PPHA 35570 Conflict and Humanitarian Intervention: Blurring Humanitarian, Development, and Security Policy
  • PPHA 38740: Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future
  • SSAD 47812 Human Rights Policy and Practice
  • LAWS 43262 / PPHA 38752 International Human Rights
  • PPHA 32740 Order and Violence
  • PPHA 44550 Weak States and International Relations

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