Master in International Cooperation and Development

The program aims at strengthening the students’ professional skills in the context of international cooperation and development, by providing conceptual principles and practical tools for their job performance. Additionally, the program offers students the necessary background and knowledge for a better understanding and analytical capacity, from a multidisciplinary perspective, concerning the complexities of development processes at national, regional and global levels. It also emphasizes the importance of cooperation between countries, international organizations, and the civil society, as an international public policy and contribution to national development priorities.

Specific objectives

Specifically, the students completing the program will be able to:

  • Contribute to the analysis of different development processes that allow them to define policies and improve the practice and definition of international cooperation strategies for development, thereby considering the different cultural, social, political and economic realities. The understanding of the Latin American region is specially emphasized.
  • Rely on the necessary elements to strengthen their efforts, with an approach that facilitates dialogue, understanding and joint analytical work, considering the different stakeholders involved and the impact areas of development, such as education, health, and environment, among others.
  • Know the theoretical, practical and ethical criteria that will allow them to propose and design policies, plans and action processes contributing to the economic, social and cultural development of our societies.

The Program addresses, among others, the following topics: 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 at the Institute from Monday to Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and Saturdays depending on the calendar.




Registration (refrence cost 2024): CLP$185.300

Program Fee 2024 (7 trimesters): UF 260

Starting Date


Program Length

18 months




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Online application

For online applications, please refer to the instructions in the following link.

Graduation Profile

Students will learn general and specific skills that allow them to understand the causes of underdevelopment and cooperation strategies, from the perspective of different disciplines. They will also be qualified to analyze different situations in each country, and propose strategies and projects related to development and cooperation. 

General competences  

  • Value, respect and know the different multicultural contexts.
  • Develop analytical skills and knowledge regarding the international economic and political context.
  • Rely on tools that improve their analytical and management capacities in their fields.
  • Have the abilities to propose, define and design international cooperation projects and programs, as well as develop public policies in accordance with the national priorities.

Specific Competences

  • Understand different realities regarding cooperation and development matters.
  • Understand the dimension and challenges of development in areas such as health, education, environment and human rights, and anticipate problems in this area.
  • Deal with rules and principles applicable to international cooperation processes, and know the specific realities of their region.
  • Understand the relationship between the different stakeholders 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 institutions that develop activities in the field of development, cooperation, public policies, social policies, environment, human rights and diplomacy.
  • In the private sector, especially in organizations that carry out international activities related to cooperation, development, or that are interested in the process of international integration.
  • Organizations of the third sector (NGOs, political parties, Unions) whose scope of activity has international components.
  • In international organizations, particularly those related to development, international cooperation, human rights, environment, and others.
  • The media.
  • In professional activities related to the challenges of development at the global level.

Application Requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelor's Degree or a professional degree awarded by national or foreign universities, or by higher education institutes, whose level, content and length of studies are equivalent to that of a Bachelor's Degree of the University of Chile, defined by the Academic Committee of the Program.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Undergraduate degree (foreigners with the corresponding apostille or Consulate stamps)
  • Grade transcripts, including equivalence scales (foreign students).
  • Letter of Recommendation.
  • Interview with Program professors.
  • Letter explaining why the applicant is interest in participating in this Program (up to 500 words in length).
  • Demonstrate the ability to read texts and understand classes in English, through a language certificate authorized by the Committee.
  •  Complete the application form.

Applications must be submitted online or in person at the Institute of International Studies.

The application form must be completed by all candidates (national and foreign) requesting the admission to the postgraduate courses and degrees offered by the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.

The clarity and accuracy of the answers will allow to correctly evaluate the personal history and experience of the candidate.