Innovation in Global Development (IGD)

Students will find this transdisciplinary degree to be unique, relevant, and compelling to advance both their professional and personal goals. For example , a 2015 survey of experienced development professionals by DEVEX -the largest provider of recruiting and business development services for global development - in partnership with US Agency for International Development (USAID) revealed that 79% of respondents believe that they will do better job as development practitioners if they have graduate degree in global development. In the same survey 90% also believed that it is important for development practitioners to have a basic understanding of working with wide range of stakeholders than a group of people with specific specializations – revealing the need for interdisciplinary degree. Among the respondents 75% felt that future development professionals will need to have a greater understanding of social and cultural dimensions of development versus technical skills alone. The PhD in Innovation in Global Development not only increases the employability of candidates in the academic market, it also expands their employment prospects in public and private sector organizations engaged in development activities. Increasingly, universities around the world are adding development programs in response to global needs. In addition, development agencies are also seeking broadly trained professionals who bring transdisciplinary perspectives to solve increasingly complex global challenges.