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Choosing the Right Global
Development Graduate Program

For global development professionals, it is no longer a question of whether or not to pursue an advanced degree, but rather which degree and specialization will get you where you want to go. This Devex Special Report provides practical insights by defining and assessing various advanced degree options that can lead to rewarding careers in global development.

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The global development industry is in the midst of a transformation. Among the many dramatic changes, today’s more complex and competitive industry demands that global development professionals are equipped with advanced education, knowledge and skills. A recent Devex study conducted in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Population Services International revealed that 79% of professionals believe that the global development worker of the future will need a postgraduate degree to be successful in their careers. 

By surveying recruiters from global development hiring organizations, particularly donor agencies, development contractors, and non-government organizations, as well as current degree holders, Devex identified 10 top graduate school disciplines that can lead to a rewarding global development career.

Our hope is that this reader-friendly guide helps prospective global development graduate students understand their higher education options and choose the path that will fulfill their educational and professional goals.

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