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Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service - Global Human Development

About this program

The Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service is a two year, full-time master's degree that encompasses an innovative and academically rigorous skills-based curriculum with built-in opportunities for experiential learning both in DC and abroad. Through coursework, extra-curricular activities, and practical fieldwork experiences, students understand the challenges of development and develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to become leaders in the field.

The mission of the Global Human Development Program is to prepare the next generation of development professionals to work with public sector agencies, private businesses, and non-profit organizations to reduce world poverty, achieve human dignity, and make a difference in our global community. Peace Corps volunteers have similar goals when they go abroad in service of local and global communities, and embody values that successful development practitioners need. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers bring in-depth knowledge of their country of service and its particular development challenges. By enrolling in the Global Human Development Program, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are able to draw on their experiences to add to classroom discussions, expand on their understanding of the needs of the communities in which development practitioners serve, and continue to develop language and leadership skills.

  • Year partnership began: 2017
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 3 fellowships per year

Application requirements

Online application, statement of purpose, resume or CV, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT scores

Admissions process

Degrees awarded

Master of Global Human Development

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $109,140 $109,140
Value of fellowship $34,224 $34,224
Net cost $74,916 $74,916

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $26,430

Cost savings details

Coverdell Fellows will receive an application fee waiver ($90 value) and minimum scholarship equivalent to 33% of tuition. The minimum scholarship will amount to $17,112 per year, and $34,224 over two years. Coverdell Fellows will also be eligible to apply for research or teaching assistantships which are typically $15/hour at approximately 5-10 hours per week.


Other opportunities

Coverdell Fellows are eligible for additional merit-based scholarships based on the competitiveness of their application. These scholarships may cover partial or up to full tuition. Coverdell Fellows are also be eligible to apply for research or teaching assistantships.

Jobs for alumni

100% of the class of 2018 is employed, with 35% working abroad. 44% are working in non-profits, 44% in the private sector, 8% for multilateral organizations, and 4% in the public sector. Examples of jobs right out of the program include:

  • Analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Research Assistant at the World Bank
  • International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services
  • Consultant for Mercy Corps
  • Senior Advisor for the Syrian Region for Save the Children
  • Nutrition and Communications Consultant for Technoserve
  • Investment Analyst at Pan African Capital Group
  • Senior Development Fellow at Crown Agents
  • Planning Specialist for the Ministry of Development in Turkey
  • Management Partner with the Malawi Ministry of Health

Nontraditional options

Contact information

Katie Li
Associate Director for Academic Affairs




[email protected]


Global Human Development Program
Intercultural Center Suite 302 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057