About this Program

Careers in international development involve working for a variety of organizations, both in the United States and abroad, that support efforts in lesser developed nations on topical issues such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, public health, poverty alleviation, debt relief, good governance, and economic development. Employment opportunities often include skills such as program management, procurement, logistics, and monitoring and evaluation.

Program Highlights

  • Individualized curriculum

  • Emphasis on development of practical skills

  • Free-standing certificate or as part of an earned master’s degree

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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Logistics Managers

$100,740 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.

Health Educators

$59,010 Median Salary

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.


What are the requirements to apply for International Development at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in International Development should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

To be admitted to this program, potential students may apply online through the Office of Admissions as a non-degree, certificate/life learner student.  All applicants must meet the requirements for graduate admission. Graduate degree-seeking students interested in pursuing this certificate in conjunction with a degree should consult with their graduate program director or advisor for assistance.  


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Associate Professor & Director of International Studies Programs

NORFOLK, 23529