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Global Development Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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At its most basic level, international development is about improving the quality of life. At its core is addressing human security, conditions, resources, trends and organizations that influence the degree to which people are able to enjoy a prosperous, healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

About

Development studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that examines aa wide range of issues: foreign aid, poverty alleviation methods such as social entrepreneurship, and the provision of basic services such health, education, security and nutrition. 

Students who select this major have a variety of career options, from working with non-governmental organizations that focus on a specific challenge, to governmental and intergovernmental agencies that coordinate and provide humanitarian services and empowerment programs. 

This major constitutes the very definition of what it means to “change the world;” every course and every experience is oriented towards the ultimate goal of raising the standard of living across the globe.

Collectively, these requirements are intended to meet the objectives and competency areas describe below:

1. Intercultural understanding2. Global citizenship and civic engagement3. Leading in a global context

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
  • Ethics and Moral Leadership
  • Poverty Alleviation Models and Practices 
  • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • Resources, Climate Change and Development
  • Development and Global Governance
  • Sustainable Development 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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:

    80

    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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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission, either Mercer's application or the Common Application, with U.S. $50.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official secondary school and/or official university transcript(s), translated in English
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic or personal reference, translated in English
  • Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts, including grade point average (GPA), completed and forwarded to Mercer. We will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates.
  • For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is English, an official SAT or ACT score is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Macon

  • 900 - 1400 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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