Online Graduate Certificate in Global Development and Innovation
Arizona State University’s graduate certificate in global development and innovation can empower you to play a key role in overseeing and managing complex development challenges. This highly customizable certificate provides a solid grounding on theories and practices regarding how innovations emerge, how they diffuse across societies and what impacts they have on policies and practices on global development. This certificate is designed for professionals working in development, innovation, policy, science and engineering.
Next start date: 01/09/2023
Total classes: 5
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 15
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What is global development?
Often linked with human wellbeing, global development is centered on improving access to opportunities for people worldwide through efforts to reduce poverty and inequality, and to better health and education. With a focus on creating a better future for all, global development moves away from its association of development within the context of international aid to the study of underlying processes that address 21st century development challenges.
What is global development studies?
When studying global development, you’ll build the knowledge required to inspire and enact positive change by addressing human needs.
This global development and innovation graduate certificate allows you to address the knowledge and skill gaps development practitioners often struggle with. By earning a graduate certificate in global development, you can cultivate key abilities and competencies necessary to effectively lead change efforts, including:
- Incorporating current perspectives in the field into your strategy.
- Transforming an idea into an actionable plan for development.
- Understanding varying cultural sensitivities and dispositions.
- Working with stakeholders from communities to policymakers.
ASU is the only university to offer a graduate certificate in global development and innovation. While many schools offer degrees in this field, the certificate option is unique. As a student or working professional with an interest in development, a certificate can offer more flexibility in terms of course options and time commitments.
Will my global development and innovation certificate say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Featured global development courses
Global development is an especially broad concept. We understand that your specific areas of interest and long-term goals are unique, which is why customizability sits at the heart of this certificate. Featured courses include:
Development Policy and Practices
Global Technology and Development
Community and Social Innovation
Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
Project and Operational Leadership
What can I do with a certificate in global development?
This global development certificate supports a wide range of careers. As a graduate, you may work for organizations in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.Specific career examples include, but are not limited to:
Admission requirements for the graduate certificate in global development
Applicants to the graduate certificate in global development and innovation program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Global Futures.
Creating tomorrow’s solutions, today
The College of Global Futures is dedicated to building a sustainable and equitable future for the planet and society. These initiatives are a crucial part of ASU’s commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. ASU has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.
in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.
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