Effective March 2012, the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development has temporarily suspended admissions to the Ph.D. program.  Please continue to check our Website for updates.


Students who wish to be considered for admission to the graduate program should apply directly to the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development.

Degree program applicants who hold bachelor’s degrees from recognized institutions may be admitted to the Payson Graduate Program if their academic records and personal attributes indicate the ability to pursue advanced study successfully. Applicants must present evidence, to the satisfaction of the department or the program committee concerned, of adequate preparation for the subjects in which they seek to specialize.

A student admitted to the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development in a degree program must be continuously registered during the academic year (exclusive of Summer Session) as full-time or part-time student. Under exceptional circumstances a student may be granted leave by the Academic Director of the Payson Graduate Program, and during such period of leave, a student will be considered in continuous registration without payment of fee.

Applicants applying for admission should meet the following deadlines:

  • For Fall semesters, all completed applications are due no later than March 1; and
  • For Spring semesters, all completed applications are due no later than October 1

Application Requirements are as follows:

  1. Completed online application form;
  2. Three completed recommendation forms preferrably submitted via the online form sent to recommenders identified within the online application by the applicant;
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate records and of any previous graduate work;
  4. A statement of purpose not to exceed 500 words; and
  5. Official record of scores on the Graduate Record Examination General (GRE) TestTo submit your GRE scores to the Payson Graduate Program use the Designated Institution code (5879).
    1. For the M.S. program: a minimum of 302 combined score with neither the verbal being lower than 153 nor the quantitative score being lower than 144.
    2. For the Ph.D. program: a minimum of 160 for Verbal and 148 for Quantitative is required.
  6. [If you are a foreign student applying to the program and English is not your first language, an official score report for the TOEFL examUse the Payson Graduate Program's Designated Institution code (3717) when taking the TOEFL exam.
    1. For the paper-based test: a minimum of 575 is required; or
    2. For the computer-based test: a minimum of 90 is required] 
  7. $55 application fee submitted by credit/debit card or electronic check (for U.S. banks only) within the online application.

Please note that we will only review fully completed applications that have met all the requirements stated above.

All transcripts and other documents and material required for application for admission become the property of Tulane University and are not returnable.

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission may be granted upon conditions which the applicant must fulfill in the first semester or first year of graduate school enrollment in order to have the probationary status changed to regular degree status.

Questions, comments and concerns regarding Payson Graduate Program Admissions

Any questions, comments, etc. regarding application requirements for the graduate program should be sent to Senior Program Manager, Sheila Favalora.

Technical Support for Online Application

If you encounter any technical difficulties with the CollegeNET ApplyWeb Online Application, please contact and/or refer to their Getting Started with CollegeNET Frequently Asked Questions.

Rules and Regulations

Upon admission to the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development, students are held responsible for compliance with the regulations of the Law School's Payson Graduate Program and of Tulane University as set forth in current or subsequent official statements. They should familiarize themselves with these regulations. The University reserves the right to change any of its courses and charges without advance notice and to make such changes applicable to students already registered as well as to new students

Standardized Test Requirement

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants for admission must take at their own expense the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. The test scores will be used, with other data, to determine eligibility for admission and to aid in counseling the applicant after admission. Students should register for the GRE at

Foreign Students

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Non-US citizens applying for admission must present satisfactory evidence of sufficient competence in English to read, write, speak and understand.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report is required for each applicant whose native language is not English or if English was not the language of instruction at the institution where the applicant received his or her degree(s).  Such applicants must meet the Payson Graduate Program's TOEFL requirements (575 on the paper test or 90 on the internet version).  The Internet based version of the TOEFL includes a writing section. Students taking the paper-based version of the TOEFL must also take the Test of Written English (TWE) and achieve a score of 3.5 or higher.  Payson Graduate Program accepts TOEFL scores for up to three years after the test administration.  The Payson Graduate Program's institution code for submitting TOEFL scores is 3717. A score on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is requested but not required.  We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in lieu of the TOEFL examination.  Students must receive an IELTS band sore of 7 or higher. 

For information about these exams, go to

Foreign applicants are also required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Ph.D. Admission Criteria

This doctoral program in International Development is competency-based and is designed to be highly competitive. The program is designed with two types of students in mind:

  1. experienced professionals who want to update their theoretical and conceptual knowledge and analytical tools; and
  2. individuals with a more limited experience but who have demonstrated a strong interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the issues and who seek to formalize their thinking and enhance their knowledge, skills and competencies.

The faculty will only recommend for admission students who have shown strong potential to excel in a rigorous academic program and to function effectively in professional settings. Thus, students will be selected for admission into this doctoral program based on these criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of development through past work or scholarly activities
  • GPA at undergraduate and graduate level (minimum GPA of 3.2)
  • Personal Statement of Career Goals
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized Test scores
  • Prior accomplishment in the field (not required, but helpful)

Return to Application Requirements and Online Application Form above

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