Global Community Development


The Global Community Development Master's is an experiential learning degree offering students both practical and academic knowledge. Our program incorporates a strong research component with hands-on experience. Our goal is to train Christian professionals interested in entering the field of global community development, which includes humanitarian aid and relief and emergency management. We emphasize the use of evidence-based practice and continuous monitoring and evaluation efforts to create sustainable community focused organizations and projects. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Master of Science in Global Community Development (GCD) Program lies within the mission of Southern Adventist University. The unique mission of this program is to provide experiential, project-based learning opportunities for graduate students to competently facilitate transformational, results-oriented abundant life and sustainable capacity building for at-risk global communities.

Program Objectives
In order to carry out this mission, the GCD Program seeks to accomplish the following goals/objectives to:

  • Influence professionals with a passion for sustainable, Christ-centered, holistic mission.
  • Equip professionals with experiential, evidence-based skill sets acquired in a global classroom.
  • Assist philanthropic entrepreneurs in the design of profitable, community-owned projects benefiting marginalized people.
  • Infuse professionals with a desire to share value-added methods and results through scholarly research.
  • Empower missionaries with tools to leverage compassion into community development.