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Global Community Development

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.



What you’ll learn

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 »


Hands-On Experience

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.



How the program works

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.  


Master of Science in Global Community Development


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


Admission process

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.

  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 resumé or curriculum vitae.
  5. Submit a personal statement. View guidelines »
  6. Submit an online readiness-assessment statement »


International Students

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