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Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for both Master of Professional Studies programs in the field of Global Development include at least two years of relevant professional experience, possession of an undergraduate degree granted by an institution of recognized standing, relevant academic preparation for graduate study in this program and clear professional objectives focused on global development or international agriculture and rural development, expressed in the statement of purpose. 

Applicants with limited professional experience will also be considered for admission, but must have a relevant degree and field work or other experience appropriate to the mission of our program. 


Application Requirements

  • A statement of purpose explaining why the applicant wishes to undertake graduate studies in their chosen field. The statement is given considerable weight in admission decisions.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Most weight is given to recommendations by teachers who can assess the applicant’s ability to meet high academic standards.
  • Complete transcripts from all educational institutions previously attended.
  • For international applicants, an official TOEFL score is required before the application will be reviewed by the field. Detailed TOEFL requirements and instructions are available through the Graduate School website.
  • GRE scores are not required, but are useful for evaluation.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • The application fee or a letter requesting a fee waiver, with appropriate documentation.

Financial Requirements

The current tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $37,022. Estimated living costs are not included. 

Applicants need to obtain their own funding. International students are required to show proof of funding before the Graduate School will admit them to the program.

The program has one Coverdell Fellowship to award per year. The Fellowship may be awarded to one student, in which case it covers full tuition, or it may be split among up to four students at the discretion of the Global Development admissions committee.

The program also awards, on a competitive basis, one Teaching Assistantship per year, which covers tuition and provides a stipend. The TA-ship requires up to 15 hours of work per week.

Many students finance their education through external funding opportunities or by securing federal or private loans.