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As a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) student, your first-year core curriculum includes sequences in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics with an emphasis on policy applications to development over pure theory. You also enroll in core courses that cover institutions, politics and governance, management, and the theory of development as well as six elective courses typically taken in your second year.  

You're also required to complete a development-related internship during the summer following your first year. In your second year, you will produce your Second Year Policy Analysis

A minimum of 76 credits are needed to graduate. 

Core Requirements
First-Year Required Courses
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
International Development Summer Internship

As an MPA/ID student, you'll complete a development-related internship, usually in a developing country.

Second-Year Required Courses and Electives
Grade Requirements

You must earn a B- or better in all of your required MPA/ID courses, including the Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA).

Overall, you must have a B average or better for your 76 credits in order to graduate with an MPA/ID degree. These total credits must include the required courses, the SYPA, and electives.

Earn a second professional degree
You can also pursue a second degree with the MPA/ID. Learn about our programs and partnerships.