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Master in International Development

Section #objectives

General objectives

The Master degree in International Development at PSIA offers innovative training in international development based on a renewed approach to sustainable economic growth and political practices. PSIA's program is designed to train the next generation of development specialists, building on the profound transformation of the development discussion.

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Main orientations and specific features

The curriculum provides a strong intellectual background in development studies, favouring critical approaches and using both academic analysis and practitioners' experience of global governance and the multifaceted question of sustainability. It also combines intensive training in finance, economics, public policy (from the global to local level), project design, management and evaluation.

The Master in International Development offers an in depth introduction to multiple actors (public agencies, NGO's, private foundations, multilateral organisations) and to multiple instruments (from traditional official development aid, to markets mechanisms and innovative finance anre more) and generates both analytical and practical skills that graduates will use to implement the next generation of development policies and practices. A special focus is placed on acquiring essential skills in policy and project design and evaluation, finance accounting and applied economics, management and planning methods.

The students will have the opportunity to choose a comprehensive set of courses in specific areas such as, amongst others, agriculture, health, urban issues and sustainability.

Section #programs


PSIA’s Pedagogical Committee approved an amended degree structure for students starting PSIA degree programs in September 2020. Further details regarding PSIA’s general program structure.

Below is the new degree structure for the Master in International Development:

Programme structure of the Master in International Development

Download the Program structure (PDF, 232 Kb).

The degree structure for students in the following programs can be found at: Dual Degree program, Joint Master program and One-Year Master program.

Section #career

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find openings in the private sector (profit and non profit) as well as the public sector. In public agencies, national, regional, and local governments, as well as international organizations and agencies, graduates will work, amongst other roles, on the formulation, management and evaluation of public policies and projects. In the private sector, they may work for example as project managers, consultants and in the innovation sector for applied research projects as project designer and managers.

Meet our faculty

The Master’s curriculum is taught by a diverse faculty team, comprising of Sciences Po professors, academics from partner universities and development practicioners coming from a great variety of fields. Meet one of them in the video below.

Dr Saskia Ravesloot, is a respected thought leader with expertise in guiding staff and teams in diverse cultural settings, managing political and policy dialogue, programming, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes, as well as evidence-based advocacy, capacity building and training, especially on the gender-responsive rights-based approach.

Dr Ravesloot works for bilateral and multilateral organizations (such as: European Union, UNDP, UN Women, GIZ, LuxDev), in more than 30 countries, mostly in Africa, but also Asia and Latin-America. She is passionate and integrity-driven about sharing her experiences with students and young colleagues from all over the world.

Dr Ravesloot is a PSIA faculty member since 2016 and teaches two courses in the Spring Semester (one for first-year students and another, more advanced, for second-year students) preparing our students to be active actors towards achieving gender equality in international cooperation.

Dr Ravesloot's courses are also part of Sciences Po's Advanced Certification in Gender Studies.

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Section #contacts


Academic AdvisorCatarina Laranjeira 

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  • Wednesday 2pm-5pm,
  • Thursday 10am-1pm

Academic AssistantLucie Bossard

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  • Wednesday and Friday 9:30-12:45

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