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.

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Next start date: 05/16/2022


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.

What would make me a good candidate for this program?

 

This program is especially useful if you're currently working or interested in:

  • Development.
  • Engineering.
  • Innovation.
  • Policy.
  • Science.   

The certificate in global development can support a variety of career goals. Whether you're an active member of the workforce or pursuing your graduate degree, this certificate’s customizable curriculum and broad relevance makes it a beneficial choice for you.

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:


Required core

Development Policy and Practices


Required core

Global Technology and Development


Elective

Community and Social Innovation


Elective

Community Resilience


Elective

Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education


Elective

Population Health


Elective

Project and Operational Leadership


Elective

Social Entrepreneurship


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:

Financial institutions

Government agencies

Nongovernmental organizations

Think tanks

Universities

Educators who understand global development

The College of Global Futures faculty includes internationally renowned thought leaders and researchers. This group of global scholars brings together numerous leading experts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. These faculty members are uniquely equipped to prepare students to create long-lasting change and develop a thriving future for people and the planet.

Educators who understand global development

The College of Global Futures faculty includes internationally renowned thought leaders and researchers. This group of global scholars brings together numerous leading experts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. These faculty members are uniquely equipped to prepare students to create long-lasting change and develop a thriving future for people and the planet.

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.

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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.

#1


in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

#1


university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

#1


“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

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best online bachelor’s programs.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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