The applied international development concentration of the online Master of Science in global technology and development allows students to choose an applied area of specialization, including education, business, management, public administration or health. It’s tailored to one's experience and professional goals in international development, and it’s an applied degree, emphasizing the skills and knowledge needed in the field.
ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

The MSGTD Applied International Development program at ASU offers practitioners of international development, both early career and experienced professionals, to construct a set of coursework that fits their needs. The degree offers the development and enhancement of applied skills and attributes in planning, management, analysis and evaluation in development with attention to sector specializations. Students in this program will be anchored in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, but choose areas of specialization that are offered by schools and colleges across ASU’s curriculum, including the Thunderbird School of Global Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, and the College of Health Solutions, among others.

In this program, you will be able to select an area of specialization relevant to your interests, current work, and career goals. You will also take a core course with others in the program, which reviews international development theory, history and policy in the contemporary context. As well, you will be able to select courses that will develop skills in research, project management and project evaluation.

Learn more about the global technology and development program.

School for the Future of Innovation in Society:

  • Opened in 2015 to prepare students to navigate and manage the complexity that innovation presents
  • Over $11 million in proposals and over $5 million in awards
  • #1 most innovative university in the U.S.
  • Among best graduate schools in the nation
  • Top 10 in the country for employability
  • #5 in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates


Next Start Date:

Most Innovative

Featured Courses


The faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society who specialize in international development work around the world on a wide variety of projects, such as energy innovation and poverty alleviation, community development, food security and water access, and education.  They work on projects in the regions of Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, China, Latin America and North America, with funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and other entities.  They bring their real world experience to bear on the design of courses, and the mentoring of students.

Program Summary

Related Careers

Graduates with a Master of Science in Global Technology and Development have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by ASU in a related field such as political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, economics, business, education, technology, engineering, life sciences, foreign languages or literature (i.e., topics related to global development, culture or socioeconomic institutions).

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.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. A TOEFL score is required.

Affording College

Learn about the different types of financial aid and scholarship opportunities available. ASU offers a Cost Calculator, Budget Worksheet and Scholarship Search to make the college planning process easier.

Get program details

To learn more about this program, fill out the form below and check your email for information on next steps.