Dec 11, 2018  

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.

There are two tracks for admission into the Advanced Standing Program:

1. Undergraduate students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from Andrews will be admitted into the advanced standing program if they have taken at least 7 of the following courses or their equivalents: ACCT 121 - Principles of Accounting I , 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 Capacity Mapping. 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.

2. Graduate students who have previously earned a Master’s degree from an accredited University may be accepted into the Advanced Standing Program.

Students who desire to be admitted into the Advanced Standing Program but are in the process of completing another Master’s degree may be accepted provisionally to the Advanced program. Provisional status will only be removed if the Master’s degree is completed prior to the MSCID application for graduation.

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. 

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, or 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.

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

Required Courses for Acceptance - 16-21

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.

Degree Requirements

Advanced Standing Students should complete the requirements for the 2-year regular program, excluding courses taken prior to acceptance. 

Students should then meet with their advisor to select credits as needed from the General/Concentration electives, in order to complete the 30 credit requirement for Advanced Standing. 

Students may decide to complete a General Degree with no emphasis or to have a concentration. 

CIDP Concentration Areas & General Electives

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. 

General Electives

Due to the nature of these courses which address cross cutting issues in the humanitarian and development field, the following courses may be applied to any of the concentration’s areas or be taken by those who chose the General Degree (non-concentration) track.

Emergency Preparedness & Management*

Peace Studies

This concentration is offered in cooperation with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) for the purpose of establishing a limited articulation of graduate courses as part of an academic exchange program between the Master of Science in Community and International Development program at Andrews University and the Master of Arts:  Peace Studies program at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  Students will work with the Director of CIDP to choose appropriate courses and steps to take to get registered.  Students will not register for these courses through Andrews.  They will take the courses from AMBS and register through the AMBS system and be transferred to AU.

Peace Studies core courses: (12)

  • HTE550 - Introduction to Peace Studies and Nonviolence, Credits: 3
  • HTE644- Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, & Revolution, Credits: 3
  • CHM542 - Education for Peace and Justice, Credits: 2
  • CHM633 - Conflict, Communication, and Conciliation, Credits: 3
  • HTE641- Economic Justice and Christian, Credits: 3
  • HTE643 - International Politics in Christian Perspective, Credits: 3
  • CHM608 - Christian Spirituality for Peace- and Justice-Making, Credits: 3


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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