International Development Studies M.A. Program

Sean Roberts, IDS Program Director
Sean Roberts, IDS Program Director

The IDS program trains development practitioners who are grounded in the theories, policies, and skills necessary for operating at the forefront of the field, addressing global development challenges in the most disadvantaged regions and among the most marginalized populations.  To achieve this, the program takes a multidisciplinary and intellectually-rigorous approach, paying particular attention to cultural context, ethics, field-based applied research, and innovative practices.

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In the News

Max Obuz, a senior in Columbian College, and Evan Young, B.A. '15, a graduate from the Elliott School

Students' Business Plan Aims to Change Lives in India

January 11, 2016

Elliott School graduate Evan Young (B.A. '15) is working with Columbian College senior Max Obuz to turn a business plan into a nonprofit aimed at solving sanitation problems in developing countries.


November 03, 2015

IDS Director Sean R. Roberts co-authored a report for USAID/Ukraine on combating everyday corruption through behavior change with Elliott School Research Professor Robert Orttung.

Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies

October 15, 2015

James Foster co-authors a World Bank research report assessing progress made towards ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity.