We are here to equip students who sense a personal calling to mission service and who want to help others live an abundant life.
Our program incorporates a strong research component with hands-on experience. We prepare you for employment in a variety of organizations or to direct your own self-supporting ministry. You’ll gain experience in projects involving micro-finance, agriculture, literacy and health education, environmental preservation, artisan crafts, and more.
|Possible Interest Sectors|
|Agriculture||Environment and climate change||Media relations|
|Artisan development||Families||Nutrition resources|
|Christian witness||Food security||Shelter|
|Civil society||Global entrepreneurship||Technology|
|Community assessment||Health||Training and capacity building|
|Disability||HIV and AIDS||Urban development|
|Disaster mitigation||Human migration||Water and sanitation|
|Potential Employers and Careers|
|Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)||HelpAge Canada|
|Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI)||International Rescue Committee|
|Africare||Operation Blessing International|
|American Red Cross||Outpost Centers International|
|Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||Pathfinder International|
|Christian Community Development Association||Save the Children|
|Doctors Without Borders Fintrac||United Nations|
|Global Hand||World Concern|
|Gospel for Asia||World Relief|
|Habitat for Humanity||World Vision International|
|GCD Career/job postings|
|GLOBAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES|
|1. Christian Witness & Professionalism
2. Advanced Communication
3. Use of Technology
4. Safety (Personal and Team)
5. Community Empowerment
7. Evidence-based Practice
9. Innovative Entrepreneurship
Most full-time students take five semesters to complete the MSGCD degree. Part-time options are also available. A typical full-time program looks like this:
First semester: Online courses provide the foundation of practical proficiencies such as fundraising, field-based research, and other professional skills. This is Rotation 1—Knowledge Building.
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. This is Rotation 2—Experiential Learning.
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. These two semesters constitute Rotation 3—Extended Internship.
Fifth semester: Prepare and defend your learning with an ePortfolio. This is Rotation 4—Learning Defense.
|Fall||July 1||May 1|
|Winter||November 1||September 1|
|Summer||April 1||February 1|
Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.
International students enrolling in Global Community Development are not required to travel to the United States, so they are not required to obtain the Form I-20 or F-1 Student Visa, and they do not have to submit the Declaration of Finances.
All courses in each rotation are to be completed before advancing to the next rotation.
|ROTATION 1—KNOWLEDGE BUILDING||Credits|
|GCDP 505||Foundations of Christian Values and Witness in Development/Relief||2|
|GCDP 510||Theories of Global Community Development/Relief||2|
|GCDP 515||Principles of Development Entrepreneurship||2|
|GCDP 520||Techniques for Project Planning and Capacity Building||2|
|GCDP 525||Methods of Scholarship in Development/Relief||2|
Preparation for Global Service
|Knowledge Building Total 11|
|ROTATION 2—EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING||Credits|
|GCDP 535||Sector Review of Best Practices in Development||2|
|GCDP 550||Community Training and Assessment||2|
|GCDP 560||Politics and Legal Issues in Community Development||2|
|GCDP 570||Community Organizing and Mobilization||2|
|GCDP 575||Community-owned Project Management||2|
|GCDP 580||Evidence-based Project Monitoring and Evaluation||2|
|Experiential Learning Total 12|
|ROTATION 3—EXTENDED INTERNSHIP COURSES||Credits|
|GCDP 565||Special Topics Seminar (1 hour each)||2|
|GCDP 589||Rotation Transition||1|
|GCDP 592||Field Practice Internship (1-6 hours)||1-6|
|Extended Internship Total 9|
|ROTATION 4—LEARNING DEFENSE COURSE||Credits|
|GCDP 599||Learning Documentation and Defense||1|
|Learning Defense Total 1|
|MSGCD Total 32|
Your interest is our program is such a blessing! We have an exciting experiential graduate program and are eager for you to explore it further! I welcome your email or call if you have any questions about our innovative Global Community Development program at Southern. It would be a pleasure to support you as you look for the best graduate program options that fit where the Lord is leading you.