The full recording of “The Grad School Week Primer”

A master’s degree is increasingly required to land a job in global development. But pursuing a postgraduate degree is a big investment, and there is a lot to consider before making your decision: When is the right time to go? What program best fits your career ambitions? How can you stand out as an applicant? What help is available to fund your studies?  

Devex’s third annual Grad School Week is devoted to answering these very questions and helping you navigate the world of graduate studies. As part of this series, Devex hosted a webinar with admissions experts from some of the top universities to share their advice based on years of experience vetting candidate applications and guiding prospective students through the process.

Benjamin Nielsen, admissions counselor for the online master’s in public health program at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute of Public Health; Sarah Olia, assistant director for the master’s in public administration in international development at Harvard Kennedy School; and Cheryl Bailey, assistant director for admissions to Duke University’s master’s of international development policy, join Devex to talk through the decisions and processes involved in applying for graduate school.  

Our guest speakers share their practical advice on deciding if graduate school should be your next step, choosing the right program, and standing out as an applicant. Watch the recording above to learn how to strategically select undergrad courses to set you on the right path, what to include in your application essay, and what questions you should ask when selecting the right program for your career goals.

You know you need a postgraduate degree to advance in a global development career, but deciding on a program, degree, and specialization can be overwhelming. In partnership with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), Duke Center for International Development (DCID) at Duke University, Duke Kunshan University, the Online Master of Public Health (MPH) at George Washington University, and the MPA/ID Program at Harvard Kennedy School, we are digging into all things graduate school and global development in a weeklong series called Grad School Week. Join online events and read more advice on pursuing a postgraduate education here.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.

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