Jul 13, 2024  

International Development Major, MIDA - Off-Campus

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The purpose of the International Development major is to meet the evolving needs of professionals to advance their field of interest, whether it is humanitarian work, economic development, international business, public service, health, or other professions involved with social, cultural, and political challenges within communities. It is a program to build capacity in project management based on principles of excellence, justice, and advocacy to embrace sustainable partnerships.

Degree Requirements—39 Credits

Core Courses—26

Focus Area Courses—13

Students are required to complete a focus area involving 13 semester credits in a selected specialization area. The majority of these courses are completed in a directed study format. This allows the student’s specialization area to be uniquely tailored to suit his/her personal and professional goals. A focus area is selected in the first year of study.

International Development Focus Areas

Focus area topics include, but are not limited to: Advocacy, Agro Forestry, Child Advocacy, Civil Society, Cross Cultural Relations, Development Policies of Government, Disaster Preparedness, Education, Environmental Studies, Food Security, Gender and Development, Microenterprise, NPO Policies and Operations, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Poverty Mitigation, and Public Health.

The student may choose other focus areas which are not listed and as recommended by the program director for approval by the Faculty of the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits—39

IDP Admission Requirements

To be admitted to regular standing into the International Development Program, students must

  • Qualify for general admission  into graduate studies at Andrews University
  • Hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited American university or senior college, or its equivalent from a comparable institution outside the U.S.
  • Demonstrate adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed field of graduate study and in general education.
  • Indicate ability to handle master’s-level work in the language of instruction.


  • Access to email communication is compulsory for participation in this program.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) transcript requirement is waived for
    students in the overseas program.
  • TOFEL is waived for students in this program.

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