International Development Management

The only MBA program of its kind!

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Axel Ndayisaba, part-time MBA student in International Development Management, is working toward his goal of creating a development bank in Africa. Click to read Axel’s story.

In the current international development environment, the success of development initiatives is often compromised because of inadequate management capabilities and poor leadership skills. The failure to deliver the expected results of development programs or projects is extremely costly in both human and economic terms.

Created in partnership with Carleton University’s renowned Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA), the Sprott MBA International Development Management concentration is uniquely designed to combine the appropriate business practices, management capabilities and leadership skills with an in-depth understanding of international development goals and processes. This combination provides graduates with the needed capabilities to plan, organize and deliver international development programs and projects.

Graduates of the MBA International Development Management concentration will be equipped to:

  • assume mid-level and senior management roles in international development (depending on experience at program entry).
  • facilitate the initiation, financing and growth of sustainable, locally-based enterprises in developing regions.
  • support private-sector multinational enterprises in ensuring that they operate in fair and sustainable way.
  • lead large international development programs and projects in a variety of development sectors in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in any region of the world.
  • translate development policy objectives into relevant programs and projects, execute them and evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency.

A capital location

You’ll also benefit from Carleton University’s location in the nation’s capital with its close proximity and historical connections to government agencies and NGOs, as well as the connections of the Sprott School of Business and its partners to organizations committed to sustainable international development.


The Sprott MBA program is practical and applied, emphasizing problem-solving in the design and implementation of projects and programs to address real-world issues. The program builds on a base of core management courses tailored to the needs of the development sector with foundational and in-depth courses in international development that are delivered by our partners.

For course descriptions, please refer to Carleton’s Graduate Calendar

Note: The Web edition of the Carleton University Graduate Calendar is the University’s official statement. Not all courses listed are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for the current session and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule at

Compulsory core courses (4.25 credits)

Three of the MBA core courses  have been tailored to the specific needs of students in the International Development Management concentration.

Course Code Course Title Credit
ACCT 5001 Financial Accounting 0.25
ACCT 5002 Managerial Accounting 0.25
BUSI 5801 Statistics for Managers 0.25
BUSI 5802 Business Ethics 0.25
BUSI 5803 Managerial Economics 0.25
FINA 5501 Financial Management 0.25
FINA 5502 Corporate Finance 0.25
IBUS 5701 International Business 0.25
ITIS 5403* Information and Communications Technologies for Development 0.25
MGMT 5100 Managing People and Organizations 0.50
MKTG 5200 Marketing Strategy 0.50
IDMG 5610* Introduction to International Development 0.25
TOMS 5314* Supply Chain Management 0.25
STGY 5900 Corporate and Business Strategy 0.50

*Exclusive to MBA students in the International Development Management Concentration. These courses replace ITIS 5401, TOMS 5301 and TOMS 5302.

Concentration courses (2.25 credits)

The concentration courses focus on the specific aspects of the theory and practice of international development.

Course Code Course Title Credit Delivered By
IBUS 5712 Business and Government in Emerging Economies 0.25 Sprott
MGMT 5115 Leadership 0.25 Sprott
ITIS 5414 Emerging Information Technologies and Business Innovation 0.25 Sprott
TOMS 5303 Managing Projects 0.25 Sprott
TOMS 5305 International Development Projects Preparation and Formulation 0.25 Sprott
INAF 5XXX select options in consultation with the MBA Office 0.50 International Affairs
PADM 5XXX select options in consultation with the MBA Office 0.50 Public Administration

Elective courses (1.0 credit)

Electives can be selected from:

  • courses in other concentrations or
  • from the following list of additional electives in the calendar:
Course Code  Course Title Credit
BUSI 5106 Business Case Analysis and Presentations 0.25
BUSI 5108 Sustainable Business Development 0.25
BUSI 5906 Special Topics – (see below) 0.25
FINA 5515 Micro Finance 0.50

Two new electives have been added that were previously offered as Special Topics courses:

BUSI 5106 [0.25 credit] Offered F1
Business Case Analysis and Presentations
Introduction to, and practical application of, the methods and tools of rigorous business case analysis and the design of strategic responses, including the preparation and delivery of presentations designed to convince decision makers of the validity of the analysis and strategic response.

Prerequisite(s): None

Please note that in addition to helping you succeed in the MBA program and your career, the Business Case Analysis course (BUSI 5106) will be required for any student wishing to participate in case competitions. Sprott MBA students compete annually in a variety of case competitions which are supported by a faculty-led program called Sprott Competes. Case competitions are often a program highlight for participating students so we would encourage you to consider getting involved.

BUSI 5108 [0.25 credit] Offered F1
Sustainable Business Development
An integration of sustainable business strategies examining corporate perspectives on environmental and social issues, and the implications on stakeholder management strategies. Students will apply concepts of sustainable business development in analyzing successful and flawed organizational strategies drawn from current business literature.

Prerequisite(s): None

In addition we will be offering one new Special Topics course this year:

BUSI 5906 A [0.25 credit] Offered F2
Special Topic: Innovating for the Green Economy

This course integrates innovation management principles for sustainable products, services and technology development. The focus is on design thinking principles for economic, social and environmental innovations. Students will apply concepts of sustainable business innovations to formulate and implement strategies for organizations in the green economy.

Prerequisite(s): None

MBA Internship (1.0 credit)

Students who have less than two years of professional management work experience must successfully complete the MBA Internship Program as a graduation requirement.

Course Code Course Title Credit
BUSI 5999 Practicum 1.0
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