May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community and International Development MSCID

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The Community and International Development program offers interdisciplinary study in the humanitarian and development field at the graduate level. This unique approach equips students with the skills needed to identify and respond to social and economic challenges across the globe. Program concentration options offer in depth training - preparing students for professional service in academia, policy, advocacy, project management, and administration.

In order to receive a Masters in Community and International Development, students will complete 33 credits of required coursework and have the option to add 12 credits of coursework for a concentration. Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another accredited/recognized institution and applied towards the 33 required credits according to the criteria listed in the official Andrews University Graduate Transfer Policy.

Delivery: This degree is offered in both an on-campus and as an interactive online synchronous program. Most courses are taught in-person and online simultaneously (see School of Distance Education definitions). Online students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.

MSCID Dual Degree Options:

The MSCID is also available with the following dual degree options:

Total Credits - 33-45

Foundations - 12

Choose 12 credits from the following:

Capstone - 9

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). 

NOTE: Students who choose to complete a concentration will need a total of 45 credits to complete the program. Students in the MSCID/MAYYAM Dual Degree program are not required to complete a concentration.

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 be 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.

Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:

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.

Admission Requirements

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 3.0 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. 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.

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