The Master of Science in Global Community Development equips students who sense a calling to mission service and who want to help others live an abundant life.
Students are immersed in hands-on experiences so they are prepared to effectively:
Lead community-based global projects that focus on building sustainable relationships.
Improve the lives of at-risk populations by collaborating with indigenous and non-indigenous groups in sharing information, resources, and vision.
Train local communities to be able to plan, implement, and assess their own projects.
Develop specific practical skills for success in global community development. View compentencies »
You’ll gain experiencing in projects involving micro-finance, agriculture, literacy and health education, environmental preservation, artisan crafts, and more. View sample projects »
Our program incorporates a strong research component with hands-on experience to prepare you for employment in a variety of organizations or to direct your own self-supporting ministry.
Most full-time students can complete the MSGCD degree in five semesters. A typical program sequence would look like this:
First semester—Online courses provide the foundation of practical proficiencies such as fundraising, field-based research, and other professional skills.
Second semester—Travel to a field-service site for hands-on learning of community-development skills. Spend the 16-week semester working and studying with a local community.
Third and fourth semesters—An internship at
a carefully selected learning site solidifies your experiential learning and expands your career opportunities and network. You may intern at your place of employment or at a non-governmental organization.
Fifth semester—Prepare and defend your learning with an ePortfolio.
New students are admitted year round. The deadline for application materials is July 1 for fall semester, November 1 for winter semester, and April 1 for summer semester.
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »
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Sharon Pittman, PhD