Master in International Cooperation and Development

The program aims at strengthening students’ professional abilities concerning international cooperation and development, providing also conceptual principles and practical tools for their job performance. The program will also give students, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the necessary background and knowledge for a better understanding and analysis capacity regarding the complexities of development processes at national, regional and global levels, and the importance of cooperation among states, international organizations, and civil society, as an international public policy and contribution to national development priorities.

Specific objectives

Specifically, students completing the program will be able to:

  • contribute to the analysis of the different development processes that allow them to define policies and to improve the practice and definition of international cooperation strategies for development, considering the different cultural, social, political and economic realities. There is a particular emphasis on the understanding of the Latin American region.
  • acquire the necessary elements to strengthen their management, from an approach that facilitates dialogue, the understanding and joint analytical work, considering the different actors involved and the areas of development impact such as education, health, environment, among others.
  • know the theoretical, practical and ethical criteria that will allow them to propose and design policies, plans and action processes that contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of our societies

Topics covered by the program include, among others, theory of development, international cooperation for development, international organizations, public policies, research design and methodologies, international negotiations, foreign policy and project management.


Classes will take place from Monday to Thursday at the Institute between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays depending on the calendar.

Calendar 2019 - 2020

  • Trimester I: 11 March - 11 May de 2019
  • Trimester II: 13 May - 11 July de 2019
  • Winter Holidays: 15 July - 28 July de 2019
  • Trimester III: 29 July - 5 October de 2019
  • September Holidays: 14 September - 22 September 2019
  • Trimester IV: 8 October - 5 December 2019
  • Summer Holidays: 6 December – 08 March
  • Trimester V: 9 March - 29 April 2020
  • Trimester VI: 4 May - 27 June 2020
  • Graduation exams: 5 July - 17 July 2020


The application period is open until January 2020


Registration 2019: CLP$139.200
Program Fee 2020 (7 trimesters): UF 260

Starting Date


Program Length

18 months




Graduate School


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Online application

For electronic applications, please refer to the instructions at the following link.

Academic Group 

I Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo

Development Theory I

Carlos Fortín

International Cooperation for Development I Eduardo Carreño
International Organizations Alejandro Jara
Public Policies Eduardo Carreño

II Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo
Development Theory II

Ramón López

International Cooperation for Development II Cristina Lazo
Research Design and Methodology I Ricardo Gamboa
Foreign Policy

María José Henríquez

III Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo
Political Economy of Development José Miguel Ahumada
Global Cooperation System Juan Pablo Lira
Research Design and Methodology II Miguel Ángel López
International Negotiations

Paz Milet

IV Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo
Development Topics Jorge Katz
Project Management and Evaluation I

Sofía Boza

Research Design and Methodology III

Marcos Mora

Elective on International Cooperation and Development


V Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo
Project Management and Evaluation II

Maruja Cortés

Final Seminar Dorotea López y María José Henríquez
Elective on International Cooperation and Development


VI Trimester

Actividad Curricular Académico (s) a cargo
Final Seminar

Dorotea López y María José Henríquez

Other professors from IEI and University of Chile

  • Prof. Gilberto Aranda
  • Prof. Ricardo Ffrench-Davis
  • Prof. Alberto van Klaveren
  • Prof. Pía Lombardo
  • Prof. Andrés Bórquez
  • Prof. José Morandé
  • Prof. Fernando Vio
  • Prof. Emiliano Nicolás Gissi

Visiting Fellow

  • Prof. Nanno Mulder (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)
  • Prof. Patricia Roa (International Labor Organization)
  • Prof. Marco Coscione

 International Scholars

  • Prof. Manfred Elsig (WTI, Bern University)
  • Prof. Neil Foster-McGregor (Maastricht University)
  • Prof. Rodrigo Polanco (WTI, Bern University)

Graduation Profile

Students will acquire general and specific competences that will allow them to understand the causes of underdevelopment and cooperation strategies, from the point of view of different disciplines, in the analysis of different situations in each country, and to propose strategies and projects related to development and cooperation. 

General competences  

Graduate students:

  • Value, respect and have knowledge from different multicultural contexts
  • Develop analytical skills and knowledge regarding the international economic and political context
  • Acquire tools that improve their analytical and management capacities in their fields
  • Have the abilities to propose, define and design projects and international cooperation programs, and public policies linked to development in accordance with national priorities

Specific Competences

Graduate students:

  • Understand different realities regarding cooperation and development topics
  • Understand the scope and challenges of development in areas such as health, education, environment and human rights, as well as anticipate problems in this area.
  • Handles rules and principles applicable to international cooperation processes, knowing the specific realities of their region
  • Understands the relationship between the various actors involved in the formulation, design, management and evaluation of projects for international cooperation and development.

Graduate students will be able to work in the following areas:

  • In the public sector, particularly in those institutions that develop activities in the field of development, cooperation, public policies, social policies, the environment, human rights and diplomacy.
  • In the private sector, especially in those organizations that carry out international activities in cooperation, development, or that are interested in the process of international insertion.
  • Organizations of the third sector (non-governmental organizations, political parties, unions) whose scope of action has international components.
  • In international organizations, particularly those related to development, international cooperation, human rights, the environment and others.
  • The media
  • In professional activities that are related to the challenges of development at the global level.

Requirements and Application

Applicants should be in possession of a bachelor's degree or a professional degree, granted by national or foreign universities, or by higher education institutes, whose level, content and duration of studies are equivalent to that of a bachelor's degree at the University of Chile, determined by the Academic Committee of the Program.

Admission request

Applicants should fill out the application form provided by the Institute of International Studies and send the following documents:

  • Undergraduate degree (foreigners with corresponding apostille or consular stamps)
  • Grade transcripts of the studies carried out, including the corresponding scale and graduation ranking.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Interview with professors of the Program.
  • Letter explaining the applicant's interest in participating in this Program (maximum length, 500 words).
  • Demonstrate competence in reading texts and understanding classes in English, through a language certificate authorized by the Committee.
  • Complete the application form.

Applications must be submitted electronically or by presenting the background at the Institute of International Studies.

The application form must be completed by all candidates (national or foreign) who request admission to the Postgraduate and Postgraduate courses offered by the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.

The clarity and precision of the answers will allow to correctly evaluate the background and experience of the candidate.