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.
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