Global Development Practice Capstone

Judith Rodríguez"Looking forward to teaching the Global Development Practice capstone in 2021! I anticipate a highly rewarding and inspiring experience that will help build the careers of aspiring development leaders during the decade for climate action. Through my experience, I will support the work in the capstones to enable students to start creating global partnerships, to work together with a client-organization towards sustainable development goals, while gaining skills and practical knowledge in their chosen professional pathway.”

— Judith Rodríguez, Instructor


The Master in Global Development Practice (GDP) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program, which prepares students to better identify and address the challenges of sustainable development. GDP programs generally consist of coursework in four intersecting disciplines—health, natural, social, and management sciences—combined with cross-sectoral field training. The capstone course, DEVP E-599, Global Development Practice Capstone, satisfies the “field training” requirement for GDP students. The capstone provides an opportunity for you, the student, to gain real-world experience to carefully design, research, and develop an actionable Sustainable Development Plan for the student’s client.

Registration for the capstone is the same as a course, but your capstone topic and capstone proposal must be approved many months in advance by registering in the noncredit, DEVP E-598, Global Development Practice Precapstone Tutorial.

To support your research, we recommend you review Harvard Library's information. Visit guides by subject, and choose subjects related to your area interest, including international development (under economics. George Clark is Harvard Library's environment and sustainability reference librarian.


Judith Irene Rodriguez, Senior Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design
MA, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Course Links 

Global Development Practice Precapstone Tutorial (Fall: DEVP E-598) (Spring: DEVP E-598
Global Development Practice Capstone (Spring: DEVP E-599) (Summer: DEVP S-599)