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Master of Arts in International Development




What will I learn?

The Master of Arts degree in International Development and Social Change (IDSC) emphasizes the connection between critical thinking and effective action. It is designed for scholars of international development, as well as for present and future practitioners of grassroots, community-based development.

The challenge for the 21st-century is to promote just and equitable development and sustain environmental resources through critical thought, local planning and action. The IDCE Department and the IDSC Program stress participatory approaches that foster alliances and partnerships between local institutions and broader entities such as external development agencies, universities, and state and non-governmental organizations.

This master’s program helps students conceptualize innovative approaches to development problems by building an understanding of the complex causes, influences and implications of poverty, inequality, social injustice, and conflict. Rooted in the belief that effective approaches merge many disciplines, the ID MA employs a trans-disciplinary focus, with faculty from anthropology, development studies, economics, environmental sciences, women and gender studies, education, geography, history, government, and management.

The ID MA Program has three key elements:

We challenge conventional ideas about development and seek innovative alternatives,

We understand how the interplay of power relationships gives rise to social injustice and inequity, and

We explore the linkages between critical thinking and effective development practices at the community, regional, national, and global levels.

Which department am I in?

International Development, Community, and Environment Department

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 10 graduate course units)

Tuition fees
Program cost based on 10 courses: USD $60,350; Cost Per Course: USD $6,035

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


International Development, Community, and Environment Department

950 Main Street,



01610, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record.

For international students

Admission to the program is based on the applicant’s undergraduate academic record.

All master’s programs have the same requirements:

TOEFL: 85 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 18, or

IELTS: 6.5 overall, recommended sub-score minimum of 6, or

PTE: 53 overall, or

Duolingo: 110

Completion of ELS 112

Application deadlines

ROUND 1: Fall - January 15, Spring - September 1; ROUND 2: Fall - March 1, Spring - October 15; ROUND 3: Fall - April 15, Spring - November 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Clark University offers below pathways course for this subject

About Clark University

“Clark University welcomes students with diverse backgrounds, divergent perspectives, and a desire to invest in academic growth and career success.”

  • International programs in the US and online
  • Main campus in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1
  • Merit scholarships available

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