Training next-generation development practitioners

Our 1-year Master of Professional Studies in Global Development is designed for early and mid-career professionals to take their career to their next level. This program will enhance your practical and technical skills and prepare you for a career in field-based development and policy in low-income and rural communities around the globe. Our graduate students and alumni are at the frontlines of developing solutions to pressing issues — from agriculture and food systems to gender, economics and demographics — on the local and global scale.

Student research

Learn how our MPS students connect their research interests with a passion to make a difference in the world.

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Field Note

Mercy Abutsa, MPS '24: Engaging youth in climate action in Nigeria
In the wake of Nigeria's devastating 2022 floods, Mercy Awazi Abutsa, MPS ’24 , a dedicated advocate for climate action and rural development, found renewed purpose. Inspired by the urgent need to address climate change alongside existing...
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  • Global Development
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Field Note

After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, Elizabeth Arrazola returned to the United States with a passion to support equitable immigration rights, particularly for unaccompanied minors. This path led her to the Master of Professional...
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  • Global Development
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News

Gretchen Hanson , MPS ‘23 came to Cornell hoping to build on her international development implementation experience in agriculture and education. When the opportunity arose to spend a summer in Ghana, she did just that. With support from the...
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  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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The future of agricultural development is in the hands of youth who want to make a difference, according to David, a current Master of Professional Studies (MPS) student in Global Development and recipient of the Bouriez Family Fellowship...
  • Polson Institute for Global Development
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Field Note

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Alumni spotlights

Are you wondering where a graduate education in Global Development can take you? Meet some of our MPS alumni who have taken lessons learned to advance their careers in every corner of the world.

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Science & Technology Policy Fellow, USAID/American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Assistant vice president, Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Bangladesh)

Ariana Constant

Director, Clinton Development Initiative

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Ph.D. student in Food Science and Technology, Cornell University

Parasto Hamed

Consulting Specialist, Deloitte; Field Coordinator, AgResults Project

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Founder, Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (Pakistan)

Connect with us

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Terry Tucker

Professor of the Practice

Department of Global Development

Co-Director, Graduate Field of Global Development

Department of Global Development

Terry Tucker
International agriculture & rural development
Participatory research & extension
Higher education & development
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Ed Mabaya

Research Professor

Department of Global Development

Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Department of Global Development

Co-Director, Graduate Field of Global Development

Department of Global Development

Ed Mabaya
Applied Economics and Policy
Food and Agricultural Economics
International and Development Economics and Policy