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

Most countries in the world have been independent for about 50 years. Some are peaceful and have prospered, while some remain poor, war-torn, or both. What explains why some countries have succeeded while others remain poor, violent, and unequal? Seeking solutions to poverty and development requires forming a critical lens through which to evaluate potential solutions. 

By enrolling in the Certificate in International Development, offered in conjunction with The Pearson Institute, you will learn to seek data-driven solutions to development issues across multiple sectors, including but not limited to economy, education, governance, energy, security, and the environment.

By focusing on comparative development, political economy, and applied methodology, this interdisciplinary course of study will prepare you for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, or multinational corporations.

Application Process

There is no application process for the Certificate in International Development. You should contact your academic advisor to indicate intention to pursue the certificate. The certificate is open to any graduate student at the University of Chicago.

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 will be awarded to students who complete any three of the following courses:

  • PPHA 32735: African Development

  • PPHA 38740: Conflict: Root Causes, Consequences, and Solutions for the Future

  • PPHA 35240: Education in Developing Contexts (not offered in 2018-2019)

  • PPHA 45700: Environment and Development

  • PPHA 60000-3: Global Conflict Policy Lab (See the Policy Labs project descriptions in the student portal for current options.)

  • SSA 62912: Global Development and Social Welfare 

  • PPHA 32750: Hydropolitics: Water Policy and Conflict

  • SSA 63301/63302: International Perspectives on Social Policy and Social Work Practice

  • PPHA 38790: Introduction to Peacebuilding

  • PPHA 32740: Order and Violence

  • PPHA 30810: The Political Economy of Natural Resources (not offered in 2018-2019)

  • PPHA 35501: Poverty and Economic Development (not offered in 2018-2019)

  • SSA 63800: Program Evaluation in International Settings

  • PPHA 38750: Refugees, Security and Forced Migration

  • PPHA 35245: Violence in the Early Years (not offered in 2018-2019)

No certificate class may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Completion of a course cross-listed with the Certificate Global Conflict Studies may be counted toward both certificates.