Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of work do international development workers do?                  Meet some of our graduates and find out!

2.  I want to work in the field of development!  How do I apply for the Master of Arts Degree in International Development?  
You can apply online at: 
For International students: Our office of International Student Services has an early deadline for receiving all the materials necessary to satisfy their requirements and those of the federal government. Contact Ms. Mona McCubbin ( for information about those requirements. 

3. Why earn a Master of Arts Degree in International Development?  
There are an estimated 1 billion people with disabilities (World Health Organization, 2011), including deaf people, living around the world and historically, the majority of them have been excluded from development assistance programs.  Over 158 countries have signed and more than 138 have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights on an equal basis with others.  Governments, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations are in need of experts to guide them in implementing and advocating for the UNCRPD as well as informing how to include deaf people and those with disabilities in development assistance organizations and development projects.   The writing and adopting of the UNCRPD was a huge global effort by Disability People's Organizations, along with the World Federation of the Deaf, whose networks have grown and whose momentum is growing larger and stronger. 

4. Why is this Gallaudet Master of Arts Degree in International Development unique from other university International Development degrees?  
Students gain a strong grounding in the diverse circumstances encountered by deaf persons and those with disabilities in a variety of national and sub-national settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates working in development agencies or foreign assistance programs will possess the knowledge, skills, and tools with which to: a) analyze a set of conditions, b) design and implement policies and practices for initiating or improving upon the inclusion of marginalized groups, and c) evaluate the process and outcome of such activities. International organizations hire professionals who have studied International Development and are able to include persons who are ordinarily forgotten, overlooked, or oppressed in projects and programs.  Our students have had excellent field experiences interning in DC and overseas with organizations such as:  USAID, InterAmerican Development Bank, the US State Department, International Labor Organization, UN agencies, and MIUSA.

5. Do I need to study full-time?  
No. You can work at your own pace. Often people are working professionals who do not have time to study full-time, so they enroll in one or two courses per semester. We strongly suggest, though, that if you are working full time, that you do not study full-time, too.

6. What happens if I am unable to take a course every semester?
Perhaps I have work or family obligations that interfere with my studies. That's no problem. You can take time off from school, but you need to inform us so that you are not dropped from the program.  Students are able to take a leave of absence or continually enroll.  Please see the Graduate Catalog and speak with your advisor to learn which is appropriate for you.   Students must fill out and send these forms that informs us of your intentions: 

7. What are the costs to attend Gallaudet?  
Tuition and Fee Schedule for the academic year is provided by the Financial Office at the following link:  Tuition and Fees   

8. Is funding available?Students who apply before April first have a better chance of winning tuition waivers or graduate awards.  Look here for ideas for finding funding. The Financial Aid Office can give you more information, too. 

9. How do I get more information about the ID program?Come and visit us!  Sit in on a class, talk to instructors and students and take a tour of the campus.  Let us know beforehand that you'll be coming and arrange a tour through the Visitor's Center.  

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