May 22, 2019  

Community and International Development MSCID

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The Community and International Development program requires 35+ credits of coursework and internship. SOCI 421  and SOCI 455  (CIDS 520  and CIDS 555 ) are required to meet degree requirements. If the courses were not taken at the undergraduate level, the student will be required to take them in addition to the requirements for the degree.

Students with previous completed or current enrollment in a masters will only need to complete 30 credits and a concentration will not be required.

All applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to  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 3.0 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 Statistics and Research II. Provisional acceptance may be granted without these courses with the expectation that the student will take them during the first year of enrollment. Credits for these prerequisites will 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 exam is not required. A reading knowledge of a foreign language is strongly recommended for those planning on graduate work.

Regular Degree Program - 35+

Concentrations - 12

The concentration area is selected by individual choice and will draw on University faculty strengths. The program director/advisor, in consulation with the student, will select a minimum of 12 credits of elective courses related to the chosen concentration to meet the student’s career goals.

Students may choose an 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, in consultation with their advisor, may substitute courses within a concentration area. Additionally, students may choose a different area of concentration, contingent upon documentation that they are able to meet the general concentration requirements (adequate credits, appropriate field practicum, and research projects are available). 

Disaster Preparedness and 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)

HTE 550 Introduction to Peace Studies and Nonviolence

HTE 644 Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, & Revolution

CHM 542 Education for Peace and Justice

CHM 633 Conflict, Communication, and Conciliation

HTE 641 Economic Justice and Christian

HTE 643 International Politics in Christian Perspective

CHM 608 Christian Spirituality for Peace-and-Justice-Making


Students may have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistantships within the Community and International Development Program. Please apply in the CIDP Office.

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 720-hour internship (approximately 6 months at 30 hours per week) 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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