Travel

Do I need to carry my books to the course?

Most of the readings will be available online—so you can simply carry your laptop.

What airport should I fly into?

Again, this information is different for each program. Please see the individual course page for each program for this information.  It will also be included in your welcome letter that you will receive once you are admitted.

When should I arrive/leave?

Each program has a different schedule of when to arrive and when housing will be available.  Please see the individual listing for each program for this information.  It will also be included in your welcome letter that you will receive once you are admitted.

Who may apply for Payson Center 2013 Summer Institute courses?

To apply to the 2013 summer courses, you must be a graduate student.

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.

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

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