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Global Development and Sustainability, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, NY,
As the global community becomes increasingly interdependent, we are faced with new political, cultural, economic, social, and environmental realities, along with many new challenges. In response to these challenges, graduates must enhance their knowledge and skills across national and disciplinary boundaries.


With a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development and Sustainability from St. John’s University, you learn to develop systemic solutions that promote global solidarity and to effectively strategize in response to rapid global change. 

The program provides you with a broad framework for understanding global and sustainable development, and deepens your knowledge of our global community. You have the option to select either the Science or Social Science program track to fit your individual interests and career goals.

The thoroughly interdisciplinary curriculum incorporates courses from across the liberal arts. Grounded in our University Mission, the program also incorporates Academic-Service Learning, as well as study abroad and global internship opportunities to enhance your professional and international experience.

Global Approach to Education

As a St. John’s University student, you benefit from our enviable location in dynamic New York City. Through our renowned faculty and Office of Career Services, you have access to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.

You also have the opportunity for an international academic or internship experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Economics 
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Theories in Global and Sustainable Development
  • Health, Food, and the Environment
  • Internship
  • Capstone Seminar in Global and Sustainable Development
  • Human Rights, Social Justice, Peace-Building, and Conflict Resolution

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Official College Transcripts with English Translation
  • An official course-by-course evaluation
  • Foreign credential evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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