The online graduate certificate program in global development and innovation helps students translate their imaginations into innovations by mobilizing knowledge in the service of human needs. It provides current and critical perspectives on innovation and development for overseeing and managing complex global challenges.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Students can take an additional 1 credit course for 6 total classes
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

21st century global development needs have brought forward new perspectives related with equity, participatory democracy, social values, and innovation. Accordingly, people working in development aid agencies can benefit from updated knowledge and skills. As a trans-disciplinary certificate program, global development and innovation (GDI) responds to the knowledge and skills gap development practitioners often struggle with and links them to innovations that policymakers seek for a more sustainable and resilient future.

The program caters to ASU graduates and professionals from around the world seeking to complement their experience and skill set with critical perspectives on innovation and development for managing and overseeing complex global challenges.

The online certificate in GDI provides an overview of both theories and practices on how innovations emerge, how they diffuse across societies, and what impacts they have on policies and practices to sustainable development challenges.

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Graduates of the online Global Development and Innovation Graduate Certificate will be equipped with analytical and practical skill needed to engage in issues around innovation in global development. Pathways to careers can include: middle management career advancement opportunities, positions in development practice in a variety of global settings, social entrepreneurship, social change agent in developing regions and community organization and development in non-profit setting.


Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of the Graduate College and those of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent from an international institution that is officially recognized by that country.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Personal statement
  3. Resume
  4. Official transcripts
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Acceptable proof consist of a TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT), an IELTS overall band score of at least 6.5 with no band below 6.0, or a Pearson Test of English score of at least 60. Note: The most current requirements are available at

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa will first need to apply to and be accepted into a master's degree or doctoral degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission be considered for admission to this certificate program.

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