The International Development Group (IDG) is the longest standing and largest program within a U.S. planning school devoted to graduate study and research in subjects specific to the developing world. Approximately one-quarter of the Master's students entering DUSP each year choose the IDG specialization, as do approximately one-third of the entering PhD students. This program area attracts internationally focused students with a wide range of backgrounds, work experiences, and interests. The diversity of our faculty (and strong links to other parts of the Institute) provide students with an integrated view of the institutional, economic, physical and socio-political factors necessary for effective planning in today's world.

Our students are seriously committed to change and the belief that change is attainable. They aim to be facilitators of such change, if only by way of such commitment, previous experiences promoting change and the training they receive in DUSP. Through courses, internships, group projects, and sponsored workshops, our students show themselves to be hard working, goal-oriented, and full of initiative.

One especially unique value of our student body is its diversity. We attract students from a wide range of national, international, and ethnic/cultural origins and a variety of professional backgrounds in all our programs. The diversity within our student body is expressed in the breadth of interest and research areas of our students. The range of their Masters’ thesis subjects is just one illustration of such diversity.

The IDG program at MIT is ranked #1 in the country amongst planning programs that focus on International Development. Additionally, IDG is housed within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), which as a whole is ranked as the top graduate program in Urban Planning nationwide (Planetizen, 2012).



Our staff has been selected to provide our students and faculty with excellent support, and is happy to help. Please feel free to contact us should you need assistance.

For general inquiries, please write to idginfo@mit.edu

Mailing address

  • MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • International Development Group
  • â„… Phil Sunde
  • Room 9-414
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • tel: (617) 253-9315
  • fax: (617) 253-2654