Requirements

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.

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.

What core skills and competencies are taught in the ID program?

To function as an effective development professional you will need to have a variety of skills. These include the following:

Analytical skills ranging from

  • Application of theory to analyze a real world problem,
  • Application of statistical knowledge to unravel a complex situation on which quantitative data is available, and
  • Presentational skills using multimedia and computer.

A person who has the knowledge and the skills to apply that knowledge will develop competencies in critical areas such as

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.

Do I need a visa?

Country visa requirements vary significantly. Depending on the student's citizenship or permanent residency status, he or she may need to secure a visa.  This should be done well in advance of projected travel. The Payson Center is glad to share what information it has about these requirements and to provide required documentation, as necessary. However, students should keep in mind that their responsibility to understand the visa requirements that apply to them and to obtain the visa in a timely fashion.

Who is eligible to participate in the Payson Center Summer Institute?

Tulane graduate students and non-Tulane graduate level students. Please see the "Applying for an Institute" section for further details. Non-Tulane students will need to apply to Tulane as non-degree students through the Payson Center if they would like to earn academic credit for the courses. You must check with your institution to see if you can apply transfer credits to your degree. Non-degree students may only take up to twelve (12) credit hours at Tulane.

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