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

Can you land that international development job with no master’s degree? Photo by: Penn State / CC BY-NC

Can strong professional experience compensate for the lack of an academic degree — or vice versa? When a job ad points to a master’s degree as a required qualification, how strict will the aid group really be?

We hear these questions all the time from job seekers — and usually, the answer is: Employers make few to no exceptions when it comes to job seekers with a sub-par academic background.

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    Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.