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International Development Administration

Students may opt to focus on international development administration by taking courses offered by faculty from Rockefeller College’s Center for International Development (CID) in order to prepare for careers in the international development agencies of national governments (e.g., USAID) and international organizations (e.g., UNDP), as well as non-profit organizations, like CID, that implement development projects.

Studying international development administration will increase students' understanding of:

  • Dynamics of economic growth that can improve the lives of a majority of the world’s 7.4 billion people who live outside of the world’s relatively high income countries
  • How governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations collaborate to further sustainable development
  • Implementation of international economic development programs and efforts to further political development
  • Administration of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
  • Practicalities of grant administration, procurement, budgeting, accounting, human resource management, oversight and accountability
  • Challenges of administering development programs in countries with different cultures, histories and political regimes

Study Under Distinguished Faculty Experts

David Guinn Kenneth Coates
David Guinn Kenneth Coates
Jeffrey Straussman Gina Volynsky
Jeffrey Straussman Gina Volynsky  

Elective Courses that Fulfill Concentration Requirements

  • RINT 533 Global Non-profit Management
  • RINT 523 International Development Policy
  • RINT 512 Human Rights
  • RINT 532 Public Finance: Comparative and International
  • PRAD 510 Introduction to Legislative Administration
  • RPOS 574 Political Economy of North-South Relations
  • AGOG 547 Geography of Development and Underdevelopment
  • RPAD 563 Planning for Jobs, Housing and Community Services in Third World Cities
  • SSW 786 Policy and Practice of International Development

Affiliated Research Centers

The Center for International Development (CID) works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges through policy oriented research and the design and implementation of technical assistance and training projects. CID has operated field offices on five continents and has implemented over $200 million in international development projects over the past twenty-five years. This research center works effectively with multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, national and local governments, universities, and civil society organizations on large-scale training projects and focused multi-year institutional capacity-building projects. Visit for more information.