Microfinance Courses, Degrees and Education

Microfinance & International Development Degree Programs/Workshops

American University – School of International Service

The International Development Program of The School of International Service at American University offers an M.A. degree in international development and an M.S. degree in development management. Specializations include: business, community development, conflict and development, development management, democracy and governance, economic policy, environment and development, gender, microfinance, small business development, and trade.
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Brandeis University – Heller School Program in Sustainable International Development

The Sustainable International Development (SID) program of the Heller School at Brandeis University is a graduate program offering a two-year M.A. degree and an innovative professional curriculum. This includes a year in residence studying with senior researchers and field-level development practitioners, and a second-year field project, internship or advanced study applying and evaluating methods and models of development. The SID program examines broad development concerns that ultimately focus on the alleviation of poverty and the sustainable use of natural resources. The program includes the opportunity to concentrate in microfinance.

Duke University – Duke Center for International Development

The Program in International Development Policy (PIDP) is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to dedicate their careers to policy making and public service in developing countries and countries in transition. The PIDP provides interdisciplinary training in policy analysis on issues related to long term social and economic development. Upon successful completion of the program, PIDP Fellows will receive a Master of Arts degree or Certificate in International Development Policy, and typically go on to serve in their home countries or in international agencies at senior levels as public officials, policy analysts, independent researchers, and leaders of non-governmental organizations.

Fordham University – Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development

The Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development (offering an M.A. and certificate programs) is designed to train students for international careers in the business, nonprofit and government sectors. Specializations include comparative politics, development studies, emerging markets, and development economics.

George Washington University – Elliott School of International Affairs

GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs offers a M.A. in international development studies. Course work includes a multidisciplinary core and the opportunity to concentrate in fields such as anthropology, geography, economics, or health and development.

Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government – Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise

John F. Kennedy School of Government offers its annual, two-week program on Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development (FIPED) for professionals working in the areas of micro enterprise finance and commercial banking for small- and medium-sized businesses. This program is designed to aid participants in the sustainable provision of financial services for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). FIPED presents participants with an opportunity to learn from the successful experiences of other countries. The course shows how to design appropriate financial instruments and to adopt market-oriented management approaches to serve the needs of MSME.

Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government

The master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in International Development (MPA/ID) at Harvard University is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development. It is an economics-centered, multi-disciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.

Johns Hopkins University – Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

The Masters of Arts program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins aims to produce specialists in fully developed concentrations. Students pair a regional or international relations concentration with international economics and language training. Courses devoted to microfinance and development are found within the International Development program at SAIS, and can be taken as part of the M.A degree program.

The Ohio State University – Rural Finance Program

Ohio State’s renowned Rural Finance Program, home of the DevFinance email listserve and a participant in the Microfinance Best Practices project, also offers a M.S. and a Ph.D. in agricultural, environmental and development economics. The program focuses on strong economic foundations and allows specialization within a desired discipline.

Southern New Hampshire University – Microenterprise Development Institute

Southern New Hampshire University (formerly New Hampshire College) holds an annual Microenterprise Development Institute training program for microfinance professionals. The program is dedicated to building both financial and social capital, and to helping practitioners to find a balance between these two important aspects that will stimulate sustainable growth.

Tulane University – Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer/ Department of International Health and Development

Jointly, Tulane University’s Payson Center and Department of International Health and Development offer several post-graduate development degrees: an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in international health and development; a joint M.P.H. and M.S.W.; an M.S. in applied development; and an executive master’s degree in applied development and health. The programs focus on international socioeconomic and health development issues.

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