Master of International Development Administration

Why choose the Masters in International Development Administration?

Students in the MIDA program at Western Michigan University planning to pursue careers in the public and nonprofit sectors in developing countries and in international development organizations can build a foundation of professional competence in the following classes offered by the Department of Political Science:

  • Development theories such as those oriented to government action, economic markets and popular participation.
  • History of the field, where most core classes use case studies so students gain a broad familiarity with practical issues specific to many professional areas and political environments.
  • Methods such as cost-benefit analysis, monitoring and evaluation, the logical framework, stakeholder analysis and methods of political and institutional analysis.
  • Skills such as budgeting, research and writing, human resource management and public speaking.

Recent classes have discussed programs and projects such as savings and credit, irrigation, jute mills, primary health care, small business development, tea estates, agricultural extension and retail cooperatives. Students have examined development policies and their implementation in many countries including Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey. Other topics include legacies of colonialism, structural adjustment, poverty, corruption, technology, decentralization and economic topics such as inflation, exchange rates, monopoly and international markets.

Program requirements

A complete list of requirements can be found in WMU's Graduate Catalog.


Apply to MIDA program

Department Funding

The department offers graduate assistantships for a limited number of students on a competitive basis. Assistantship stipends include tuition remission and start in the fall semester only. Indicate that you are applying for an assistantship while completing your application in ApplyYourself.

Return the completed application by the February 1 deadline to apply.


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Students in the Master of International Development Administration program may want to consider these career options.



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