Ph.D. Degree Requirements Sticky

  • 21 credits from core curriculum
  • 27 elective credits
  • 48 credits total (18 of which must be completed on the New Orleans campus since online courses do not fulfill residency)
  • (up to 24 credits may be transferred in subject to approval by the Executive Director) plus successful completion of comprehensive exams, written and oral defenses of Ph.D. prospectus and dissertation.

Language Requirement

Strategic Resources for Sustainability (sp17)

This course uses case studies and analytical models to examine the management of strategic resources – natural and manmade – essential to sustain the economic potential and steady growth of developing nations. Effective and efficient management systems that have been demonstrated to enhance the sustainability of developing countries are reviewed and analyzed.   Special emphasis is given to environmental stewardship. Options and processes for institutionalizing sustainability are examined and ranked for adaptability in developing nations short on financial assets.

Market Research: Qualitative Tools to Understand The Needs of the Poor (sp16)

This course is for students of all disciplines who seek simple, practical tools for market research. Much of this course is dedicated to hands-on practice of qualitative tools. The 18 tools were developed by MicroSave in Africa and now are used worldwide. The authors originally took Participatory Rapid Appraisal (PRA) tools and adapted them to market research that can be used by microfinance institutions, business developers, health organizations, and development agencies.

Responsible Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries (sp17)

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are often described as the “backbone of the economy” in developing countries due to their capacity to generate new jobs and economic activity.  Similarly, the entrepreneurs who create and run SMEs could be said to be the “backbone of the emerging middle class” as they collectively play a vital role in supporting community development, pressing for more transparent and accountable government, and creating the middle-class institutions of civil society.

Urban Disaster Recovery (sp17)

Urban migration, climate change and natural hazards pose some of the greatest unfolding challenges of the 21st century. The need for communities to recover from disasters in an increasingly urban and warmer world will provide new opportunities for practitioners to evolve urban disaster recovery strategies. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction highlight these challenges. This mini-course will examine these themes using case studies from recent disasters in Haiti, Chile, Japan, Nepal and the United States.

Consulting Skills for Organizational Change (sp17)

This course is for students of all disciplines who seek to improve their skills in consulting. During time in university, students have learned much but the challenge is now how to package their learning in a way that they can convince organizations that they can be of assistance. Many organizations need technical assistance and may be willing to try out a new graduate in short term consultancies. The course provides an overview of the consulting process and the skills that are needed to successfully assist organizations or enterprises to improve and grow.

Social Enterprises and Their Entrepreneurs (sp17)

Social enterprises are businesses that address social problems in order to improve people’s lives, communities, and the environment while striving to become financially sustainable. They increase social impact by often reinvesting surplus rather than maximizing profit to external stockholders. Whether they are for-profit or non-profit, the “mission driven” entities sell products or services to generate revenue that fuels their growth. There is often a creative use of subsidized funds in the early stages that then form the basis for long term sustainability without further philanthropy.


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