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International Development - Doctorate

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Welcome to the International Development Doctoral Program

The International Development Doctoral (IDV) is dedicated to provide a hybrid doctoral program which encompasses the content and academic rigor of a traditional on-campus program, yet in a flexible delivery format. Our curriculum includes majors and minors in Economic Development, Political Development, Security Studies, and Social/Cultural Development. IDV faculty represent various academic disciplines, while the diverse IDV student body includes students from colleges and university faculties, the military, private and public sectors, and non-profits.

The International Development Doctoral (Ph.D.) Program accepts applications for both fall and spring admission on a rolling basis. The annual deadline for the fall semester start is June 15 of that year and the deadline for the spring semester start is November 15 of the previous year. Following application reviews by IDV faculty and various other University channels, the Graduate School will notify prospective students of their acceptance or non-acceptance.

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100%academic conference participation
80%publish in academic journals
  • The IDV program is delivered in a hybrid format.  Classes are online with in-person, mandatory attendance, sessions held seven times per calendar year (three sessions in spring and fall semesters each and one session in the summer semester). 
  • Admission Requirements
  • In addition to normal tuition and fees, the IDV program charges a flat program fee of $450/per semester of enrollment.  Additional funding resources are available.
  •  Schedules and Course Offerings (under construction)
  • Dates and Deadlines
  • IDV Student Handbook (under construction)

What Will I Learn?

Students in the International Development Doctoral program learn a variety of skills which will aid them in furthering their career and life goals:

  • You will learn to think like a scholar
  • You will learn both quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • You will learn critical-thinking research skills
  • You will learn how to write and present an academic paper

The IDV program is dedicated to providing our students with an exceptional educational experience.

Faculty Engagement

The faculty of the IDV program comprises scholars from various disciplines whose research is published in national and international journals. We believe in a Teacher-Scholar-Mentor model of instruction. In addition to scholars who are passionate about teaching the IDV faculty sees mentoring as integral to our doctoral program. IDV faculty are engaged in co-authorship and academic conference participation with our students. Our graduates are well-rounded scholars and practitioners making a difference in our world.


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  • Candace Forbes Bright, Ph.D. Graduated 2014
    Associate Research Professor East Tennessee State University
  • Prebble Ramswell, Ph.D. Graduated 2016
    Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman, City of Destin Academic Program Director, Columbia Southern University
  • Edward Bee, Ph.D. Graduated 2016
    President and CEO Taimerica Management Company
  • Dave Davis, Ph.D. Graduated 2017
    Assistant Professor Director of Center for Research and Entrepreneurial Development William Carey University
  • Madeline Messick, Ph.D. Graduated 2016
    Analyst U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Matt Bluem, Ph.D. Graduated 2018
    Program Director and Associate Professor International Development Master's Program St. Mary's University of Minnesota