Researching global development graduate programs? Ask these 8 questions

By Kate Warren

Pursuing a graduate degree may be one of the biggest investments you make — both in time and money — in pursuit of your dream job. Here are eight questions you should ask when trying to choose the right graduate program for your global development career.

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A master's in public health provides a well-rounded education in areas like health policy, social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics. When combined with an international concentration, it's great preparation for a global health career. Here are seven different career paths to consider.

3 skills master's in public policy graduates bring to global development

Global leaders like United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former head of the World Bank Robert Zoellik hold a master's in public administration and a master's in public policy, respectively. Here are three key skills MPA and MPP graduates bring to global development jobs.

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Graduating soon? 6 things you should do right now

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A master's in international development: Still necessary?

As specialized university programs pop up for internationally minded professionals, a degree in international development has become just one of many academic paths to a high-level job in development cooperation.

8 things to consider before pursuing a graduate degree

The field of global development places a high value on education and credentials. But pursuing an advanced degree is expensive and time-consuming, so it's one of the bigger decisions you will make in your career. Here are 8 things you should consider before diving back into the books.

Why global development professionals, recruiters are on the MBA bandwagon

Recruiters polled in the recent “Devex Career Trends in 2015” survey identified a Master of Business Administration as the second most in-demand degree, right after a master's in international development. So what do MBA graduates offer global development?

What does a master's in tri-sector collaboration look like?

There is a heavy focus on tri-sector collaboration — or bringing together business, government and civil society actors — to solve development dilemmas, but little on how to prepare people for that kind of dialogue. Ann Florini, professor of public policy at Singapore Management University, explains why it's time to change that.

6 questions to ask yourself before studying a foreign language

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Don't have that master's? How strict foreign aid recruiters really are on academic requirements

Can strong professional experience compensate for the lack of an academic degree — or vice versa? We asked a group of top recruiters in global development.

Foreign language skills in international development: What’s in demand

Foreign language skills can give you an edge as you’re applying for international development jobs or consulting gigs, and they may even affect your pay. Here’s a look at some of the most sought-after languages.

3 degrees to prepare you for a transition into global development

International organizations are increasingly looking for job applicants with specific skill sets, giving job seekers with specialized degrees a competitive edge in the hiring process. To meet this demand, Georgetown University has developed three graduate degree programs for professionals aspiring to enter the global development landscape: Emergency and Disaster Management, Urban and Regional Planning, and Global Strategic Communications.

Why a master's in international development is still a popular degree choice

Rated the most "in-demand" degree two years in a row by global development recruiters in a Devex survey, a master's in international development is a popular choice for graduate students. So, what is it about this degree that will help set you apart? Devex spoke to three leading schools to find out what their programs have to offer and why a graduate degree in international development is still the number one pick.

New pathway to a master's degree is good news for global development professionals

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Fighting slavery through statistics: 5 promising methods to estimate prevalence

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How to choose the best grad degree for you

From MBAs and MPAs to MAs and MPPs and beyond, picking the right graduate degree to further your global development career can be daunting. As part of Grad School Week, we brought together experts from three different programs in a special webinar to explore some of the options available and discuss how each can prepare you for the kinds of roles you seek. Watch the recording to help guide your graduate school decision.

What do recruiters think of online degrees?

Online degrees are popping up everywhere and can be a great solution for cash-strapped students, busy professionals traveling the globe, and people living in countries where there are fewer brick and mortar school options. But will an online degree help you get a job in development? Devex spoke to three recruiters to get their take.

Degrees that plant the seed for a career in agriculture

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Opinion: 7 steps to innovation — making your graduate program work for you

To make real change in the world always takes new ideas. Whether you are looking to select a graduate program that builds your skills in innovation and entrepreneurship — or if you are currently a grad student trying to get the most from your program — here are seven steps from Duke University alumna Preeti Prabhu, to help make innovation work for you.