Graduate School Advice

Below is a list of masters programs for those interested in a career in International Development. Most of these programs focus on poverty alleviation and include development-oriented topics such as finance, education, health and more.   I’m not aware of any microfinance-specific degrees but international development encompasses microfinance and these programs likely offer courses in microfinance, impact investing, social enterprise/entrepreneurship and other related topics.  By no means is the list extensive but it’s a good place to begin your search.  The programs below also likely offer students the opportunity to participate in independent studies in and to work with professors who have careers in microfinance.  Many of them may also have microfinance-related clubs.

  • American University School of International Service  (SIS)
    • Masters in International Development
    • Relevant Courses: Community Development, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
  • Brandeis University
    • Masters in Sustainable International Development
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
    • Economic and Political Development Concentration
    • Relevant courses: Microfinance and the Developing World
  • George Washington Elliott School
    • Masters in International Development Studies
  • Georgetown University
    • Masters of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS)
    • Concentration in International Development
  • Harvard University Kennedy School
    • Masters in Public Administration/ International Development
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies  (SAIS)
    • Masters in International Relations
    • Concentration in International Development
    • Relevant courses: Microfinance and Development; Beyond Microfinance: Impact Investing and Creating Value at the Base of the Pyramid
  • The New School
    • Masters in International Affairs
    • Development Concentration