Program Overview

The International Development Policy and Management Certificate program (IDCP) offers students a foundation for addressing complex questions of poverty and development. The goal of the certificate within the student’s UW study is threefold: to understand the main debates, players, policies and values within international development; to be familiar with a common set of skills and applied approaches; and to appreciate the perspectives and methods that other disciplines bring to address current development challenges. The certificate is a cohort model that builds a network of individuals across campus with similar interests. 

2017-18 Requirements

The certificate requires that students complete 9 credits of core course material and two electives (6-8 credits) that cover areas or methods focused on international development.

1. Three core courses (9 credits total). 

  • PUBPOL 531: Development Management in the 21st Century (Autumn Quarter; four credits) examines the characteristics of development policy and aid institutions and explores the ethical and practical considerations of managing development projects at the national and local levels. 
  • PUBPOL 533: Economics of International Development (Winter Quarter; four credits) critically examines the most common economic development indicators of poverty, growth, and inequality, and provides an overview of, and basic literacy around, international macroeconomic topics including debt, aid, trade, and financial markets.
  • PUBPOL 598: International Development Portfolio (tentative title; Spring Quarter; one credit) A portfolio and short analytic paper developed by each student, reflecting upon the key learning experiences of the program. The portfolio will consist of a set of papers completed through the ICDP courses, while the analytic paper will act as a reflective analytic summary of the portfolio, coursework, and student learning in the IDCP program.

2. Two elective courses (6-8 credits total) that cover areas or methods focused on international development, chosen from a list of approved electives. Some home department courses can typically be used for the elective credit, if they are not required core courses for your degree program.

Completion of the International Development Certificate will be acknowledged on the student’s official UW transcript. 

Eligibility and Admissions

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Washington may apply during or after their first year of graduate study. Only UW graduate students are eligible to apply for this certificate. 

Read our application instructions.

For more information, contact the program at or 206.616.1613.

*Please note, effective 2017-18:  the International Development Certificate Program is primarily designed for UW graduate students outside of the Evans School.  Evans School MPA students interested in pursuing a transcriptable option in international development are encouraged to pursue the International Development Program Option, which may be completed within the 72 credits required for the MPA degree.  Evans School MPA students may apply for the International Development Certificate Program, however, completion of both the MPA and certificate prorgram will require 84 or more total credits (as no more than 6 credits can be shared between one's degree program and certificate program).  Evans School students are encouraged to consult with Student Services staff with any questions.