Sep 28, 2023  

Community and International Development, One-Year Advanced-Standing Program MSCID - On Campus

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The advanced standing one-year program requires 30–35 credits of coursework and at least 300 hours of internship.

This alternative will allow students to finish their MSCID in one year, provided they have taken certain courses or courses of similar content during their undergraduate years in college. Students will be admitted into the advanced standing program if they have taken at least 7 of the following courses or their equivalents: ACCT 121 - Fundamentals of Accounting , Research Methods I, II, III, IV (BHSC 230 , SOCI 432 , SOCI 433 , SOCI 434 ), SOCI 408 - Emergency Preparedness , BSAD 355 - Management and Organization   or PSYC 315 - Organization and Human Resources , SOCI 421 - Development Theory & Practice , SOCI 431 - Needs Assessment and Social Policy , and Social Policy.

Advanced Standing curriculum is based on Regular Standing requirements, with course requirements taken prior to admission as prerequisites waived and credits reduced to no fewer than 30. Students who have taken at least 5 of these prerequisites may be accepted provisionally into the advanced standing program. Provisional status will remain in effect until the prerequisites are completed.

Students majoring in Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology with an emphasis in Emergency Preparedness or Public Health may refer to those sections of the bulletin for specific information on how these prerequisites can be integrated into their major.

In addition to having completed the prerequisites listed above and meeting the general admission requirements of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research, applicants to the one-year Advanced Standing program should also have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher, 3.50 or higher 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.

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.

Incoming graduate students who have finished their undergraduate degree in a relevant field or at a different university, but lack some courses with similar content required for advanced standing in the MSCID program, may take the CLEP test (College-Level Examination Program) so that they may qualify for advanced standing. Decisions regarding what classes could be accepted through CLEP will be taken on an individual basis.

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

Advanced Standing—30–35

Students must complete at least 7 of the following classes to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Those with at least 5 classes may be accepted provisionally into Advanced Standing, and the missing prerequisites will be taken in addition to the regular requirements for the MSCID.  These courses must have been taken at Andrews University.

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.

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