Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Credit (7)

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.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

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.

Academic Programs (12)

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

Alumni (5)

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.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Application (6)

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.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

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.

Curriculum (10)

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

Distance Learning (9)

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

Doctorate (PhD) Degree (14)

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

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.

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.

Eligibility (11)

Am I eligible if I am under disciplinary probation?

Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Newcomb-Tulane study abroad program.

Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad. 

Students who are currently on disciplinary probation and wish to submit an application for a study abroad program that will take place after their probation ends may do so.  However, such applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Tulane’s Division of Student Affairs. If the application is approved by the Tulane Study Abroad Committee, the faculty director, host institution, and/or program provider will be notified of the disciplinary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Newcomb-Tulane College to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student’s participation in a study abroad program participation in a study abroad program.

What is the Minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA)?

Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. Please note that the Tulane standard takes precedence in study abroad selection, even if a program provider indicates that students with a lower CGPA are eligible to apply. In the event a program provider requires a higher CGPA than the Tulane standard, students must meet the higher standard.

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

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.

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.

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.

Financial Aid (3)

Please contact your financial aid officer for information on eligibility and specifics on financial aid programs.  There are no scholarships or tuition waivers available for the Payson Summer Institute.  You may apply for financial aid in the form of loans through your department.  If the student does not subsequently complete hours initially registered, said student may be liable for the immediate repayment of loan funds to the lender.

Be aware of the disbursement timing and requirements to keep summer aid.  In some cases, schools or lenders may not disburse loan proceeds until the start of the program you are attending.  Because of the early start dates for some of our summer programs abroad, the relatively late dates on which the processing can begin, and the length of time it takes to process aid itself, it is likely that your loan proceeds may be unavailable to you in time for your departure.  It is important, therefore, that you have some other source of funds to ‘tide you over’ until the loan proceeds become available to you.  It is also very important that you make arrangements for someone to pay your bills at home while you are abroad so that your credit history is not blemished as a result of your absence.

Even if you are receiving financial aid, finance charges will be incurred if payment is not received by the payment deadline. The Accounts Receivable Office of Tulane University finalizes billing and will assess finance charges for registrants with unpaid balances after payment deadlines have passed.
If you have any further questions related to financial aid, please get in touch with your financial aid officer.

Foreign Students (13)

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

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.

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.

Geneva 2014 Summer for Development (Undergraduate Study Abroad) (16)

What is the deadline to apply?

 

The deadline to apply is March 18th .  We encourage you to apply as applications are considered on a rolling basis and some programs fill up rather quickly.

What types of activities will be provided by the program?

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane. In the past years, these have included tours, sites of historical interest, and museum visits. A calendar of all activities will be given to you when you arrive at the program

Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

 

Please bring make available business casual attire for visits to/by professional organizations, and other such occasions. 

Am I eligible if I am under disciplinary probation?

Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Newcomb-Tulane study abroad program.

Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad. 

Students who are currently on disciplinary probation and wish to submit an application for a study abroad program that will take place after their probation ends may do so.  However, such applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Tulane’s Division of Student Affairs. If the application is approved by the Tulane Study Abroad Committee, the faculty director, host institution, and/or program provider will be notified of the disciplinary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Newcomb-Tulane College to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student’s participation in a study abroad program participation in a study abroad program.

What are the core curriculum requirements?

Additionally, prior to studying abroad, all Tulane students must demonstrate completion of the following components of the Newcomb-Tulane core curriculum:

    Language Competency
    Quantitative Reasoning
    Writing Proficiency
    TIDES
    Public Service Requirement (first level)

What is the Minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA)?

Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. Please note that the Tulane standard takes precedence in study abroad selection, even if a program provider indicates that students with a lower CGPA are eligible to apply. In the event a program provider requires a higher CGPA than the Tulane standard, students must meet the higher standard.

Will you be able to accommodate vegetarians?

 

We will try our best to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs/restrictions.  

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.

Do I need a computer?

We strongly recommend you bring your laptop if you have one—you will use it for class and it will be very convenient.  If you do not have a laptop, there are a few computers with Internet available on site.

You will be billed for tuition via Accounts Receivable at Tulane.  Do not send tuition payments directly to the Payson Center.  Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

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.

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the course. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the course, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson Online at https://gibson.tulane.edu.  You can log in to Gibson Online using your Tulane username and password.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the appropriate term.

Please contact Accounts Receivable, (504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by the Payson Center. Failure to pay on time will result in late fees being assessed but will not result in your being dropped from the program. No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

A confirmation email will be sent from the administrator, confirming enrollment and course selection, pending course admission, space availability, and receipt of deposit(s). 

Please make out a check to “Tulane University” with the title of the program in the Memo area of the check.  You may bring it in or mail it to:

Payson Center for International Development,
Attn: Summer Institute
300 Hebert Hall
6823 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

 

Grades and Transcripts (4)

Am I eligible if I am under disciplinary probation?

Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Newcomb-Tulane study abroad program.

Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation after being approved to study abroad. 

Students who are currently on disciplinary probation and wish to submit an application for a study abroad program that will take place after their probation ends may do so.  However, such applications will be reviewed by the Office of Study Abroad on a case-by-case basis in consultation with Tulane’s Division of Student Affairs. If the application is approved by the Tulane Study Abroad Committee, the faculty director, host institution, and/or program provider will be notified of the disciplinary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Newcomb-Tulane College to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student’s participation in a study abroad program participation in a study abroad program.

Transcripts are not automatically sent to your home school.  You must request a transcript through the Tulane University Registrar’s Office.

You may request your transcript via Tulane’s Registrar's Website. Your first few transcript requests are free and there is a modest charge for additional requests beyond that.

NOTE: For all requests (PIN or TRANSCRIPT), verification steps must be taken before your information can be issued. In order to verify your identity, please respond to the email from the Registrar’s Office with the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Permanent address (on file with Tulane)
  4. Emergency contact person (on file with Tulane)
  5. Major course of study at Tulane
  6. The name of a class you took or professor you had your most recent semester at Tulane (list semester)

Once they obtain this information from you, they will process your request.

NOTE: If you have any problems submitting your requests, you may contact the Registrar’s office directly at (504) 865-5231 or email registra@tulane.edu.  They should be able to help you.
 

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the course. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the course, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson Online at https://gibson.tulane.edu.  You can log in to Gibson Online using your Tulane username and password.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the appropriate term.

Graduate Degree (16)

You will be billed for tuition via Accounts Receivable at Tulane.  Do not send tuition payments directly to the Payson Center.  Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the course. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the course, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson Online at https://gibson.tulane.edu.  You can log in to Gibson Online using your Tulane username and password.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the appropriate term.

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

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.

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.

History (3)

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.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

MS IDEV Panama Field Experience (9)

Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

 

Please bring make available business casual attire for visits to/by professional organizations, and other such occasions. 

Will you be able to accommodate vegetarians?

 

We will try our best to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs/restrictions.  

Do I need a computer?

We strongly recommend you bring your laptop if you have one—you will use it for class and it will be very convenient.  If you do not have a laptop, there are a few computers with Internet available on site.

You will be billed for tuition via Accounts Receivable at Tulane.  Do not send tuition payments directly to the Payson Center.  Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the course. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the course, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson Online at https://gibson.tulane.edu.  You can log in to Gibson Online using your Tulane username and password.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the appropriate term.

Please contact Accounts Receivable, (504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by the Payson Center. Failure to pay on time will result in late fees being assessed but will not result in your being dropped from the program. No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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.

Non-Degree Student (13)

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

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.

Prerequisites (8)

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

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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.

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.

Requirements (8)

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.

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.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Institute (28)

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.

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

FAQ Category: 

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

Please see our Applying to an Institute section.

FAQ Category: 

Please make out a check to “Tulane University” with the title of the program in the Memo area of the check.  You may bring it in or mail it to:

Payson Center for International Development,
Attn: Summer Institute
300 Hebert Hall
6823 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

 

Please contact your financial aid officer for information on eligibility and specifics on financial aid programs.  There are no scholarships or tuition waivers available for the Payson Summer Institute.  You may apply for financial aid in the form of loans through your department.  If the student does not subsequently complete hours initially registered, said student may be liable for the immediate repayment of loan funds to the lender.

Be aware of the disbursement timing and requirements to keep summer aid.  In some cases, schools or lenders may not disburse loan proceeds until the start of the program you are attending.  Because of the early start dates for some of our summer programs abroad, the relatively late dates on which the processing can begin, and the length of time it takes to process aid itself, it is likely that your loan proceeds may be unavailable to you in time for your departure.  It is important, therefore, that you have some other source of funds to ‘tide you over’ until the loan proceeds become available to you.  It is also very important that you make arrangements for someone to pay your bills at home while you are abroad so that your credit history is not blemished as a result of your absence.

Even if you are receiving financial aid, finance charges will be incurred if payment is not received by the payment deadline. The Accounts Receivable Office of Tulane University finalizes billing and will assess finance charges for registrants with unpaid balances after payment deadlines have passed.
If you have any further questions related to financial aid, please get in touch with your financial aid officer.

A confirmation email will be sent from the administrator, confirming enrollment and course selection, pending course admission, space availability, and receipt of deposit(s). 

If you intend on joining our graduate academic program at the Payson Center, you should not take any courses in the Summer Institute until you have been accepted into the program.  Once you are accepted into the program, you may take our summer courses and they will apply toward your degree.  Unfortunately, if you participate in our Summer Institute courses prior to being accepted into our graduate program, you will NOT be able to apply the credits earned during the summer to your graduate degree at Tulane.

Please contact Accounts Receivable, (504) 865-5368, for any information regarding tuition deadlines, or late payments, as late fees are assessed directly by their office, and not by the Payson Center. Failure to pay on time will result in late fees being assessed but will not result in your being dropped from the program. No credit for participation in the program(s) will be granted if any participant fails to pay all tuition and housing expenses in full.

The Program Director of each Summer Institute program may be able to assist you in setting up internships following the program.  Please get in touch with the Program Director prior to the start date to inquire about possible internship opportunities.

FAQ Category: 

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.

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.

Grades will not be posted prior to thirty days from the completion of the course. Once grades are received and posted at the end of the course, you will be able to access your grades via Gibson Online at https://gibson.tulane.edu.  You can log in to Gibson Online using your Tulane username and password.  Select the Grades link to view your grades for the appropriate term.

What is the deadline to apply?

 

The deadline to apply is March 18th .  We encourage you to apply as applications are considered on a rolling basis and some programs fill up rather quickly.

What types of activities will be provided by the program?

In addition to regularly scheduled classes, there are social and educational activities organized by Tulane. In the past years, these have included tours, sites of historical interest, and museum visits. A calendar of all activities will be given to you when you arrive at the program

Will I need to bring any business attire with me?

 

Please bring make available business casual attire for visits to/by professional organizations, and other such occasions. 

Will you be able to accommodate vegetarians?

 

We will try our best to accommodate everyone’s dietary needs/restrictions.  

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.

Do I need a computer?

We strongly recommend you bring your laptop if you have one—you will use it for class and it will be very convenient.  If you do not have a laptop, there are a few computers with Internet available on site.

Transcripts are not automatically sent to your home school.  You must request a transcript through the Tulane University Registrar’s Office.

You may request your transcript via Tulane’s Registrar's Website. Your first few transcript requests are free and there is a modest charge for additional requests beyond that.

NOTE: For all requests (PIN or TRANSCRIPT), verification steps must be taken before your information can be issued. In order to verify your identity, please respond to the email from the Registrar’s Office with the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Permanent address (on file with Tulane)
  4. Emergency contact person (on file with Tulane)
  5. Major course of study at Tulane
  6. The name of a class you took or professor you had your most recent semester at Tulane (list semester)

Once they obtain this information from you, they will process your request.

NOTE: If you have any problems submitting your requests, you may contact the Registrar’s office directly at (504) 865-5231 or email registra@tulane.edu.  They should be able to help you.
 

You will be billed for tuition via Accounts Receivable at Tulane.  Do not send tuition payments directly to the Payson Center.  Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

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.

FAQ Category: 

To cancel your application before acceptance into the program you must send a written request to our Summer Institute administrator at paysonsummer@tulane.edu. To withdraw form the program after acceptance please see the above section titled “Withdrawal from the Program” on the "Once You've Been Accepted" Webpage.

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

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.

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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.

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.

FAQ Category: 

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.

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

FAQ Category: 

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.

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.

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.

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. Graduates are capable of demonstrating and applying their knowledge, skills, and competencies in the work place. Our program also gives the student the flexibility to take 50% of their courses outside of the classroom in an IT-assisted format. This format permits students to study and learn from anywhere in the world.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

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.

Students may register for one or more sessions in one or more modules, earning up to nine (9) graduate hours in the summer. Each institute session is worth three (3) credit hours.

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.

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.

Tuition and Deposits (3)

You will be billed for tuition via Accounts Receivable at Tulane.  Do not send tuition payments directly to the Payson Center.  Questions regarding your tuition bill should be directed to Accounts Receivable (504-865-5368 or 800-798-7633) or via e-mail (acctrec@tulane.edu).

Undergraduate Degree (7)

What is the Minimum Cumulative GPA (CGPA)?

Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. Please note that the Tulane standard takes precedence in study abroad selection, even if a program provider indicates that students with a lower CGPA are eligible to apply. In the event a program provider requires a higher CGPA than the Tulane standard, students must meet the higher standard.

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.

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.

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

  • Project design;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • Selection/hiring of appropriate technical and program personnel;
  • Negotiations with donors, grant recipients, and host country officials.

The Payson Center started awarding MS degrees in 1996 but has a longer history as a development studies program. The MS program grew out of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of USAID that was designed to train mid-career professionals for the Agency. Tulane has taken the best of the DSP, added new courses and material and developed one of the very best international development programs available in the world. Building on the success of the MS program, the Payson Center expanded its program to include a Ph.D. in International Development in 2001 and added an undergraduate coordinate major in the fall semester of 2002.

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.

Visas (4)

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.

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.

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