Glocal: MA in International Development
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
ILS 18,000 / per year *
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* About 5,000 USD per year + Intership $4,000-$7,000
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Glocal International Development is an innovative, interdisciplinary 18-month M.A. program that aims to effectively translate academic research into practical understanding conducive to work with communities and development organizations across the globe.
An integral part of the program is the internship, which serves to supplement each student's academic learning with a grounded, local experience and solid professional guidance.
As one of the few English-language M.A. programs offered at the Hebrew University, Glocal also strives to be accessible to a range of students, especially those coming from abroad. Students come from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, comprising a dynamic cohort of up to 25 students.
Join Glocal's multicultural and multi-ethnic student body and become part of a holistic learning experience and alternative approach to student life and study. Become part of a new generation of development professionals equipped with the latest theories and expertise and also capable of comprehending and engaging with the complexities of the challenges facing marginalized communities in the developing world.
Students earn an M.A. in International Development (Glocal) over the course of 18 months. The first year includes two academic semesters of coursework while in the second year, students participate in a 4-month internship and a final 8-week concluding seminar.
- Courses take place two days a week, usually Mondays and Tuesdays. Additional days attendance might be required for special workshops, tours, or other activities.
- Through the third semester in Glocal, our students pursue their internships in local or international organizations. Internships are full-time for the duration of four months.
- Upon completion of their internships, Glocal students return to Jerusalem for an 8-week closing seminar. The graduation ceremony and the program’s annual conference takes place at the end of the seminar while the Students are expected to complete their final seminar paper by the end of the 4th semester.
Mandatory & Elective Courses
The Glocal program is comprised of 36-37 credits. Usually, 31 credits are earned in mandatory courses and about 6 credits are given in elective courses.
Additionally, throughout the program, we will offer some professional development workshops, which are not credited but are valuable professionally.
Optional Research Track
Every year, a limited number of outstanding Glocal students may apply to the Research Track. These students will focus on Glocal’s mission to advance critical global thinking while challenging existing theories in the field of international development. Students are expected to submit a formal request by the 2nd semester of the 1st academic year and submit the full thesis by the end of the 2nd academic year. Research Track can be combined with other tracks.
Optional Gender Studies track
Glocal offers a specialization track in Gender and Development. This is open to all students (research or non-research). The gender studies track requires you to complete on top of the 36/37 credits, an additional few credits (total around 42 credits) dedicated to gender studies.
In the gender studies track, the practicum and internship (part of the mandatory Glocal courses) need to have a focus on gender and development.
The Glocal International Development program emphasizes the importance of combining academic knowledge with practical skills and hands-on learning. During the program, students complete both a mini-practicum with local organizations and a full 4-month internship in a local or international organization. Students can choose to specialize in relevant areas of community development work, such as agriculture, public health, education, advocacy. The internship period (in the third semester, from September until December) offers a unique opportunity for students to work alongside local and international professionals and to interact with members of local communities. This experience enables students to gain the practical skills and experience necessary for translating academic knowledge into effective action, as well as the needed experience to find future employment in the competitive field of international development.