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.  View complete list of  the MBA-IDM core courses.

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
IDMG 5600 Human Resource Development 0.50 NPSIA
IDMG 5603 National and Domestic Dimensions of Development 0.50 NPSIA
IDMG 5615 Civil Society Organizations and Development 0.50 NPSIA

Elective courses (1.0 credit)

The electives represent various sectors within international development and allow for further specialization.

Course Code Course Title Credit
IDMG 5601 Conflict and Development 0.50
IDMG 5602 Issues in International Development 0.50
IDMG 5604 Human Security: From Policy to Practice 0.50
IDMG 5605 Human Rights: International Politics and Policies 0.50
IDMG 5606 Agriculture and Rural Development 0.50
IDMG 5607 Global Health Policy 0.50
IDMG 5609 International Aspects of Economics Development 0.50
IDMG 5616 Program Evaluation in Developing Countries 0.50
IDMG 5617 Health Policy in Developing Countries 0.50
IDMG 5619 Rights, Development and Conflict 0.50
IDMG 5620 Development Assistance: Theory and Practice 0.25
BUSI 5905 Special Topics 0.50
BUSI 5906 Special Topics 0.25
FINA 5515 Micro Finance 0.50

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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