Thursday, July 27, 2006

Graduate Programs in International Development. pt. 1

Graduate School is next for me and finding the right university is not easy task. I’m interested in international development, with a lot of emphasis in agriculture. The cross-sectoral nature of agriculture must be the main component for a good understanding of developmental studies. Of course there other very important subjects that should be cover in an ID master’s, but rejecting or paying little attention to agriculture’s role in development is a big mistake.

Anyway, I’ve been talking with several people in the development circles and they all seem to agree that if you’re looking for a graduate program in international development and agriculture you should look towards land-grant Universities. I’ve done just that and so far here are my favorites: U.C Davis, Cornell University, and Michigan State. Stay tune for some review on these programs.

In the meantime, here are some link of national and international universities with programs on international development that you may find usefull in your search.

Wageningen University, Master in International Development Studies

Institute of Development Studies, MA Science, Society and Development

Harvard, Master in Public Administration in International Development

McHill, International Development Studies M.S Agricultural Economics

Duke University, The Program in International Development Policy

Toronto University, International Development Studies

Brown University, Development Studies Program

Colorado State, International Development Studies HERE

Also, has a list with 81 universities that offer Masters in International Development. Follow this link:


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Shereen said...


I just came across this page as I begin to research grad programs with a strength in international ag development issues. I noticed that this posting is a few years old. Did you choose a grad program? Any programs you recommend looking at?


International Agriculture and Development said...

HI Shereen,
No, I haven't applied yet. I've been lucky enough to find a job in which i can learn many things related to int dev. i'll probably be applying to Columbia's MPA/DP, SAIS, and GU for 2011.
Send me an email to and i can share with you a pretty comprehensive comparison matrix i did of diff masters of Int Dev

Greg Vaughan said...

Greetings from Boyacá, Colombia! I wanted to tell you about the Agris Mundus international MSc, which my wife and I graduated from two years ago. It's a collaboration between various European universities, Wageningen among them. You can check it out at Also, check out my blog, Agrarian Ideas for a Developing World, at

rsaedi said...

Hello! I would really appreciate seeing the comprehensive comparison matrix of diff masters of Int Dev you sent Shereen?? I am in my last year of undergrad and also beginning my research of grad programs with this same focus

International Agriculture and Development said...
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International Agriculture and Development said...

Hi Rsaedi, Send me an email to and i'll be happy to send you the matrix.

Sarahi Morales said...

Im interested in your matrix as well, I´m deciding to continue my studies in international development

International Agriculture and Development said...

Sarahi, send me an email and i'll be happy to send it to you