Jun 10, 2023  

Community and International Development, Two-Year Regular Program MSCID - On-Campus

The regular standing two-year program requires 39–40 credits of coursework and internship.

Applicants to the regular two-year program must meet the following criteria, in addition to other general admission requirements of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or 3.50 in 8 or more credits of previously taken graduate courses graded A–F. Students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.6 or higher. Such students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first 12 graduate credits to continue in the program;
  • Completed Graduate Application packet.
  • Completed coursework in Accounting, Statistics and Research II. Provisional acceptance may be granted without these courses, and the student would be expected to take them during the first year of enrollment. Credits for prerequisites do not apply toward the MSCID.

The director of the program may request a personal interview or a third reference and/or other information.

Students who apply for admission to the MSCID program have two options related to the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For those students who are seeking a graduate scholarship, the GRE must be taken. Scholarship amounts are based on the score achieved on the exam. For students who do not seek a graduate scholarship based on the GRE score, the GRE is not required.

Recommended: A reading knowledge of a foreign language is strongly recommended for those planning on graduate work.

Degree Requirements

Satisfactory completion of the curriculum listed below:

Concentration Areas

The concentration area is selected by individual choice and will draw on Behavioral Sciences faculty strengths and utilize courses offered throughout the university. The program director/advisor, in consultation with the student, will select a minimum of four courses for 12 credits of elective courses related to the chosen concentration to meet the student’s career goals. Students interested in international exposure but who cannot afford an overseas internship may elect to take a Study Tour and use applicable credits toward those required for the concentration. The number of tour credits applied to the degree must not exceed what is allowed by university policy (see Graduate Academic Information section for details). The tour should be relevant to the student’s area of concentration. The student will submit a plan and rationale for the concentration requirements to the program director/advisor for approval.

Students, in consultation with the program director, may choose area of concentration that aligns with their research and career interests. Concentration areas are listed below, along with courses a student may take in each area. Students may, in consultation with their advisor, substitute courses within a concentration area. Additionally, students may choose a different area of concentration, provided they provide documentation that they are able to meet the general concentration requirements (adequate credits, appropriate field practicum, and research projects are available).

Choose 12 credits from classes listed in the concentration of choice. 


Students have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships—administrative, teaching or research.

Additional Information

The schools and departments regulate policies that govern the elective courses offered as part of the concentration package and some may not be available. Some elective courses may require prerequisites and should be discussed in advance with the program director/advisor for guidance in completing the concentration.

The Field Practicum and Research Project/Thesis will necessarily be related to the area of concentration in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the chosen area, and with the possibility of applying course work in practice. Students are required to undertake a 300-hour internship through a field placement with a domestic, national, or international organization/project. Internships are based on prior approval and advice from the program director. Arrangements for the internship will be made by the program director/advisor pending availability and feasibility of the placement proposed by the student.