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Master of Science in Global Community Development

MSGCD Admission Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited program
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 


Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »
  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms. Download PDF »
  4. Submit a personal statement. View guidelines »
  5. Submit an online readiness-assessment statement »
  6. Interview with faculty member(s).


International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »


What can I do with this degree?

  • This five-semester program prepares students to lead overseas, community-based projects. The focus is on building long-term relationships and a mutual sharing of information, resources, and visioning between indigenous and non-indigenous groups.
  • Students are prepared to train indigenous people to plan, implement, and assess the effectiveness of projects.
  • The program’s strong research component and hands-on experience will make students very attractive to non-governmental organizations


Who might be interested in this degree?

This degree is for individuals with a strong interest in global mission work—such as global policy and service, construction management, theology, business, music, arts, nursing, health, and wellness. Students can come to this program with an approved undergraduate degree from any discipline.


What will students learn?

  • The program will help students develop their specific calling for mission service.
  • Courses in fund raising and field-based research methods are offered online the first and last semesters.
  • Students receive hands-on learning and develop project management skills in the field during the second semester. Samples of possible projects could involve micro-finance, agriculture (fishing, gardening, livestock), literacy and health education, environmental preservation, artisan handicrafts.


How long will it take?

The program typically takes five semesters for full-time students. Part-time options are also available. Students may start the program in the fall, winter, or summer.


How and where are the courses delivered?

  • The first and last semesters include online courses in fund-raising and field based research methods.
  • The second semester takes students to a project site for hands-on learning and development of project management skills. Students spend 10 to 12 weeks working with a community in another country on a project that is needed and requested by that community and a good fit with the student’s interests and mission focus.
  • The third and fourth semesters are for an internship with a project of choices or at an international non-governmental organization like World Vision International which will utilize their new skills and training from their initial project site.


How do I get started?

  1. Apply for admission to Southern.
  2. Complete the online Readiness Assessment.
  3. Complete a Personal Statement.



Can families accompany the student to their field projects?

Are certificates or CEUs available?
Yes. Courses are taught in modules, allowing for professionals who want to enroll in a specific class for certificates or CEUs.



For more information, call 1.800.SOUTHERN and ask for Graduate Studies.


To Apply

The application deadline is July 1.

You may submit an online application or request additional information by visiting Admission »


Graduate Finances

Learn what financial resources are available »