A master's in international development: Still necessary?

Graduates of Georgia Tech. Photo by: Will Folsom / CC BY

In 2008, Madalina Pruna landed an internship with the European Commission. Charged with assessing the impact of Chinese investment in Africa, she traveled to sub-Saharan Africa for her research.

“My first observation was that most of the people working in bilateral or multilateral development organizations had a master’s degree – either in international relations, international development or development economics,” she recounts. “My second observation was that I needed a better framework for my work.”

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    Rebecca Webber

    Rebecca Webber is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. A graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she has covered news, women's issues, politics, health and personal finance for publications such as Psychology Today, Parade, More, Real Simple and Glamour. She also teaches writing for Mediabistro.