Track Options

One-Year Accelerated Track

The One-Year Track is for students with a minimum of 3-4 years of professional experience in development or a related field. This program is best for those who need or want to gain core skills in an intense 12-month timeframe, and get back into the field as quickly as possible.

Students are expected to complete their coursework, submit a Master’s Paper, and deliver a Capstone presentation over a 12-month period: two consecutive semesters followed by one summer. 

Two-Year Practicum Track

The Two-Year Practicum Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience who want to gain core skills in one year of coursework, and apply them immediately in a substantial, hands-on practicum in the field.

Students are required to complete a six-month, field-based practicum assignment at a development organization in their second year. They produce a Master’s Paper and deliver a Capstone presentation in May of their second year. There is no tuition fee charged for the second year: students are only required to pay the minimum enrollment fee, a program fee and health insurance.

Two-Year Advanced Study Track

The Two-Year Advanced Study Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience who want to design a second year program that digs deep in a specific area of study.

For their second year, students are required to work closely with an academic advisor to develop a specialization, develop a course plan of at least 12 credits per semester, write a Master’s Paper and present their research at a Capstone event in May of their second year.

Two-Year Concentration Track

The Two-Year Concentration Track is for students with a minimum of 2 years of related experience. This program is best for those who want to take specialized coursework in a specific area, while also conducting a brief practicum in the field.

In their second year, students may conduct a three-month practicum and complete a concentration in Environmental Conservation, Development Management, or Gender. Students deliver a Master’s Paper and Capstone presentation in May of their second year.