Prerequisites

Are there prerequisites for any of the summer programs?

No, none of our Global Development Summer Institute programs have any prerequisites.

I still have questions that have not been answered on the Website, can I contact some current students or alumni?

Yes, please call 504.865.5240 or email us and we will put you in touch with somebody who can answer your questions.

What kind of jobs do the program's alumni have?

Our graduates work in a variety of institutions ranging from national and international NGOs such as CARE, the International Red Cross, the United Nations and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to US government agencies such as the State Department, USAID, the Peace Corps, the Department of Agriculture and state governments. Some graduates also work for multi-lateral donors such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and private corporations.

My job requires frequent travel, can I still attend your program?

Yes! Many courses meet only once a week and all core courses are available in a technology-assisted, distance learning format enabling you to do your course work while traveling, provided you have access to a computer and Internet. Payson requires that 50% of your courses be completed onsite, the remaining 50% can be completed online. This allows for greater flexibility from semester to semester for working professionals.

Do you offer any study abroad programs?

We have offered summer programs in Geneva, Rome, Kenya, Thailand and Uganda. However, please bear in mind that these countries and corresponding programs are subject to change. As Payson develops relationships in other regions, additional programs may become available. Payson's Summer Institutes are open to any graduate-level and non-degree-seeking Tulane students.

I am looking at similar programs offered by other universities. What makes the Payson Center’s graduate program unique?

The MS and PhD programs at Payson Center are integrated and interdisciplinary, drawing upon related fields including political science, sociology, economics, public health, disaster management, and resilience and leadership in disaster response. Practical and analytical, the courses develop problem-solving skills based upon a sound understanding of the development process. Perhaps best of all, the degree program is flexible, allowing you to design your own concentration by working in conjunction with a faculty mentor.

For whom is the International Development (ID) program best suited?

It is ideal for people who want a graduate degree in International Development (ID) that is interdisciplinary and will provide the required knowledge, skills and competencies to function as development professionals. All of our core curriculum classes are offered online (as well as on-site), making the program especially appropriate for those who cannot attend classes at set times on a regular basis.

Can foreign students apply?

Yes, international students are encouraged to apply.  International students should be proficient in the English language (please provide TOEFL scores where applicable) and will follow the same protocol as other non-Tulane students and professionals for applying to our programs.

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