Gain skills to help transform the world with an online M.A. in Global Development Practice.

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Rise to the Challenge

In today’s complex world, the challenges facing global development range from poverty to climate change to immigration. To create a new generation of sustainable leaders, St. Edward's University offers an innovative, online Master of Arts in Global Development Practice. This program will teach you to analyze, diagnose, and create solutions that address the multi-dimensional challenges of sustainable global development.

Program Benefits

Critical Skills for an Evolving Field

79% of employers believe that global development professionals need a graduate degree in order to succeed.

In Demand Career Path

This program can prepare you for roles including, Public Sector Official, Policy Adviser, Program Director, Trade Officer, Communications Officer, Academic Researcher, just to name a few.

Grounded in Social Justice

A social justice emphasis offers you a unique perspective on global issues, allowing for a deeper understanding of the forces driving our complex and rapidly changing world.

Accelerated Program, Unique Student Experience

The accelerated online format of this program allows you to complete your degree in 21 months while working full-time.

Course Topics


The online Master of Arts in Global Development Practice is a 33-credit hour program designed to be completed in 21 months while working full-time. You can start the program two times a year, in the fall or spring semesters. Courses are offered in a seven-week accelerated online format. You will complete the culminating experience course, the Global Development Capstone Project,  in a final 14-week semester.

Course topics include:

  • Foundations in Social Justice Traditions for Leaders
  • Globalization and Economic Development
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Fundraising and Budgeting
  • Global Development Capstone Project
  • Issues and Challenges of Global Development
  • Global Development Project Management
  • Quantitative Analysis of Global Development
  • Communication Strategies
  • Current Global Issues in Global Development

Tuition & Financing

At $33,000* ($1,000 per credit hour), the online Master of Arts in Global Development Practice is a smart investment. The skills you learn in this program will prepare you for the challenges of an increasingly complex industry and may lead to career advancement in a rapidly growing field. Tuition includes all course fees but does not include books, comprehensive fee, or other course materials. Once accepted into the program, you are required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. Deposits are applied toward tuition and secure your place in the upcoming class.

The St. Edward’s University Financial Aid office provides information about financial aid opportunities available to graduate students.

Please visit https://www.stedwards.edu/admission-financial-aid/graduate/financial-aid or call us at (512) 387-3110 if you are interested in additional details.

*Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the St. Edward’s University Board of Trustees.

How to Apply

We require all applicants for the M.A. in Global Development Practice program to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. International applicants may be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to demonstrate English proficiency.

To start your application, follow these steps:

STEP ONE

Contact an Enrollment Counselor to discuss your qualifications and interest in the program.

STEP THREE

Provide your supplemental materials, including your resume, government-issued ID, personal statement, and undergraduate transcripts.

The School of Human Development and Education at St. Edward’s University uses a rolling admissions process to evaluate each candidate. Applicants should be expected to be contacted within two business days of their finalized application regarding next steps, and the Admissions Committee should make their decision within two weeks.

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