The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) is a practical, pre-professional minor program that prepares students with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to address critical global concerns. Approximately 100 students are enrolled in the program from a variety of academic disciplines, united by their interests in conflict resolution, international development, and humanitarian relief. The program is open to all majors.

The IDCM minor is one of the minor programs offered under the Global Studies umbrella. MIDCM provides access to highly-qualified faculty and practitioners in peacebuilding and development. The program also encourages the pursuit of internship opportunities, and it integrates volunteer and study abroad experiences. The IDCM curriculum, which totals 16 credits, is organized around a set of core and capstone courses, electives, and a practicum experience that involves substantive engagement with the fields of development or conflict management. All students at UMD are encouraged to explore the ways in which the IDCM minor can supplement their own field of study.

Enrollment in MIDCM is by application only. Apply Now! For more information, please email us to MIDCMinfo [at] ()


Meet the IDCM Team

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Dr. John McCauley, Director

Dr. McCauley is a Professor in the Department of Government and Politics. His research focuses on the political economy of development and conflict in Africa. He is currently leading US government-funded peace and development initiatives in Ghana and Benin, and he frequently consults on development and security projects around the world. He teaches the gateway course (GVPT354) for the minor.


Breana Dinh, Coordinator

Breana Dinh is an Academic Advisor in the Department of Government and Politics. She has worked as the program coordinator for UMD's masters program in Applied Economics located in Washington, D.C., and she also coordinates the Environmental Science and Policy program. She handles the administrative and enrollment tasks for the minor.


Dr. Stacy Kosko, International Development Expert

Dr. Kosko is a Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Director of UMD’s International Scholars (IS) program. Her research, writing, and teaching focuses on development ethics, human rights, and marginalized populations, and she has extensive experience as a consultant for the World Bank, global charitable foundations, and non-profit human rights organizations around the world. Dr. Kosko teaches the development capstone course (GVPT 356) for the minor.


Michael Hess, Conflict Management Expert

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Jock Covey, Conflict Management Expert

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Nicholas Enoch, Student Intern

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Julia Parker, Student Intern

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John McCauley
Director - MIDCM
mccauley [at]