The International Development Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program is delivered in a hybrid format that mixes face-to-face meetings and online sessions. These face-to-face meetings are known as "In-Persons" and occur three times a semester.
The In-Persons at the beginning and end of each semester are held at the Southern Miss Long Beach Campus, Long Beach, Mississippi. During the fall, the middle In-Persons take place at a conference hosted by the IDV program and occur in a major US city. The IDV Program has hosted past conferences at the US Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, FL (fall 2011) and also Washington, D.C (fall 2012). During the spring, the middle In-Person takes place at a national conference where students are provided with the opportunity to present their current research. IDV students have most recently attended the Wester Social Sciences Association Annual Meeting, Houston, TX (spring 2012) and will be attending the International Studies Association Annual Meeting in April, 2013, San Francisco, CA (spring 2013).
These sessions are a requirement for the program and cannot be waived.*
In-person sessions are critical components for the Ph.D. program in that students attend lectures for their classes, meet with professors one-on-one, learn valuable information about making progress though the Ph.D. program in workshops and generally build a solid working and social relationship with peer Ph.D. students in the program. These meetings add a large value to the program and are critical components that separate our Ph.D. program from those that are purely online only.
*Exceptions are only possible in the case of military deployment or extreme illness.
Please see the "Schedule Updates" link for additional information concerning upcoming in-person sessions.