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Western Michigan University — Department of Political Science

Program Type:
Master's International
Department of Political Science
Degrees Awarded:
International Development Administration (MIDA)
Admissions Deadlines:

No specific deadline

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Program Founded:
September, 2001


Students complete 30 credit hours on campus, plus six for a field paper during Peace Corps service, compared to 42 credit hours in the standard Master of International Development Administration (MDA) program. Tuition for all six credit hours for the field paper is paid by Western Michigan University's Study Abroad Tuition Fund. Students pay a modest continuing enrollment fee. Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.


The MIDA provides professional training for careers with government, non-profit, and international development organizations. Core classes employ the case study method to build skills in program and project analysis. Cases include microfinance, primary health care, small enterprise development, public enterprise reform, agricultural extension, and others from across the developing world. The majority of MIDA students come from developing countries, and students learn in a participatory, problem-solving environment. Students in the Peace Corps Option analyze a development program or project in their country of volunteer service. The MIDA program is located in the Political Science Department which has concentrations of expertise in Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and American Politics. Several faculty have intensive field experience and expertise in regions of the developing world such as Russia, Japan, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. MIDA classes focus on development theories, such as those oriented to government action, economic markets, and popular participation; skills, such as budgeting, human resource management, research and writing, and public speaking; methods, such as cost-benefit analysis, the logical framework, stakeholder analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and institutional analysis; and the history of the development administration field. This field is inherently interdisciplinary, involving concepts from economics, political science, and public administration. While the MIDA program is designed primarily as a professional program, instruction is grounded in prominent theories from these disciplines and provides a secure foundation for doctoral studies in the social sciences.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferably in the social sciences; GPA of 3.0 or above; some statistics and/or economics. Submit transcript, three letters of recommendation, one-page statement of interest, and any supporting material with completed application form.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Prof. Paul Clements

Department of Political Science
1902 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5012
(269) 387-5680
(269) 387-5354

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