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.