Academic Programs

Georgetown University is home to a variety of degree programs and research and scholarship endeavors that engage faculty and students with today's issues in global human development. These activities collectively reflect the university's interdisciplinary approach to making impacts in the field – spanning foreign service, public policy, health, law and business. The below outlines some of the many opportunities at Georgetown. Feedback on additional programs and related activities to include on this website is very welcome. Please email

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students can select courses related to their interests in global human development, as well as pursue concentrations in related fields. For example, undergraduate SFS students can major in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), and/or complement any major with a certificate in International Development (IDEV) or Justice and Peace Studies.

Also, the School of Nursing and Health Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in International Health, which provides both academic training in a variety of health-related subjects and field-based research experience at premier research institutions in development settings.

Graduate Students

Among Georgetown’s diverse graduate offerings, four programs feature development work at their core. These are:

Other development-related opportunities include:

Georgetown’s Related Centers, Institutes, and Initiatives

Georgetown provides several opportunities for faculty, students, and professionals to pursue research, scholarship, and continued learning. Some of the many opportunities related to global human development issues are listed below. Please visit their websites for more information.

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), School of Foreign Service
Supports scholarship, research and outreach on women, peace, security and development by convening leaders, scholars and practitioners whose work is focused on these issues.

Global Health and Education, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD)
Engages with initiatives that assure education for all children, promote literacy for adults, and address health and mental health issues that seriously affect children and families, such as HIV/AIDS. The global initiatives of the GUCCHD span all regions of the world, with a particular emphasis on working with developing countries and emerging democracies.

Global Social Enterprise Initiative, McDonough School of Business
Aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that yield both economic and social value. Through practical training for global business leaders, the initiative advocates for transformative solutions to the world’s significant challenges in health and well-being, economic growth, the environment, and international development.

gui2de: Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation, McCourt School of Public Policy and Department of Economics
Conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of interventions and policies aimed at empowering individuals in developing countries to improve their lives. Major research themes include governance and accountability, the promotion of agency in the delivery of health, education, and other public services, the role of mobile technology in development, and financial development and integration.

Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University Medical Center
Helps lead the effort to improve reproductive health worldwide through its strengths in quantitative and qualitative research skills, its focus on critical needs in reproductive health, and its research-to-practice strategy that includes working with partners to build capacity for sustainable services.

Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), School of Foreign Service
Applies the best in social science, legal and policy expertise to the complex and controversial issues raised by international migration.

The Jesuit University Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN), Institute for the Study of International Migration, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service, and the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship
Aims to raise awareness on Jesuit campuses of the meaning of humanitarian response, and to train student leadership teams to develop effective campus responses to humanitarian crises, both domestic and international. JUHAN is a partnership led by faculty, staff and students at Fairfield University, Fordham University, and Georgetown University. The members of JUHAN accomplish their goals through humanitarianism-based content incorporated into courses, student action, student trips, and network conferences.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program, Georgetown University Law Center
Trains women's human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers.

O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Contributes to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve health, by encouraging key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society sectors to employ the law as a positive tool to enable individuals and populations in the U.S. and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.

Executive Institute Short Courses in International Program Evaluation, McCourt School of Public Policy
Educates managers, researchers, and professionals on the newest techniques and best practices used in program evaluation in specific contexts. The Institute is designed for mid-career and entry level professionals interested in doing rigorous program evaluations in settings outside the U.S., especially the developing world.

The US-Afghan Women’s Council, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Connects the U.S. and Afghan governments, the private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations to develop and implement initiatives in support of Afghan women and children. The U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council is a public-private partnership, created in 2002 by Presidents George W. Bush and Hamid Karzai, and homed at Georgetown University.