Regular Standing: 39-43 Credits

The regular standing two-year program requires 39-43 credits of coursework and at least 300 hours of internship. Students in the regular two-year program complete the social science foundation courses, as well as the advanced courses. Following is an outline of course requirements. For more detailed information on these classes, see the Andrews University Bulletin.

CIDP Core Courses - 10 cr
CIDS520 (3cr) - Development THeory & Practice
CIDS555 (3cr) - Development Policy & Analysis
SOCI508 (2cr) - Emergency Preparedness
ANTH517 (2cr) - Applied/Development Anthropology

Development Management - 10 cr
CIDS530 (3cr) - Needs Assessment, Capacity Mapping & Program Planning
CIDS536 (2cr) - Development Design and Evaluation 
CIDS535 (2cr) - Budgeting, Fundraising and Grantsmanship
CIDS515 (3cr) - Organization and Human Resource OR BSAD530 (3)

Research Tools and Skills - 6-7 cr
SOCI533 (2cr) - Research Methods III: Advanced Research Design-Experimental and Survey
SOCI534 (2cr) - Reserach Methods IV: Advanced Statistical Analysis & SPSS
CIDS670 (0cr) - Comprehensive Examination
CIDS698 (2cr) - Reserach Project OR CIDS699 (3cr) - Master's Thesis

Practicum - 1cr
CIDS680 (1cr) - Field Practicum

Concentration Electives - 12 cr

TOTAL credits required - 39-43



Advanced Standing: 30-35 Credits

Courses taken as prerequicites prior to enrollment will be waived from that student's MSCID requirements, reducing the total number of credits for the degree to no fewer than 30. Andrews undergraduate prerequisite courses are listed below. Equivalents from other institutions will be considered. Missing prerequisites will be taken at the graduate level, as listed below.

ACCT121/ACCT 500 Survey of Acounting
BHSC230 Reserach Methods I
SOCI432/532 Reserach Methods II
SOCI433/533 Reserach Methods III
SOCI434/534 Reserach Methods IV
SOCI422/CIDS520 Development Theory & Practice
SOCI408/508 Emergency Preparedness
SOCI455/CIDS555 Development Policy & Analysis
SOCI315/CIDS515/BSAD515 Organization & Human Resources, or BSAD530 Management of NPO
SOCI431/CIDS530 Needs Assessment, Capacity Mapping & Program Planning

Studentsmust complete at least 7 of these classes to be eligible for Advanced Standing. Those with at least 5 classes may be accepted provisionally in to Advanced Standing, and the missing prerequisite will be taken in addiition to the other requirements for the MSCID.

It is expected that all majors will present at least one paper at a professional conference and publish at least one article in a professional journal before graduation.

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Research Project and Thesis Information

Student Supervisory Committees - Master’s Degree Committee
A student’s project supervisory committee normally consists of a minimum of two members nominated by the department chair/ program director/ area coordinator in consultation with the student and appointed by the appropriate dean or graduate program coordinator. For a master’s thesis, the committee consists of the thesis advisor and normally two other members. Exception: For an interdisciplinary master’s degree, a committee is appointed before initial registration. All other master’s-degree student committees are appointed after some course work has been completed and before registration for thesis credits. Only rarely may a student’s committee be changed while study or research is still in progress. This may be done only in consultation with the appropriate dean or graduate program coordinator. The chair of the supervisory committee is the student’s chief advisor. The function of the committee is to guide the student in his/her research and writing of the project/thesis. A student’s supervisory committee may be augmented with additional members for the oral defense of the thesis. These additional committee members have full voting rights. The term of service of a student’s committee is deemed to have expired when a student has graduated or when registration has been terminated.

Master’s Project
The student who elects to complete a research project or projects as part of fulfilling the research requirement for the master’s degree reports it/them in conformity to the Andrews University Standards for Written Work. One copy of each report is submitted to the instructor under whose supervision it was prepared. It becomes the property of the department. Completed and signed approval forms for the project(s) must be filed in the Academic Records Office no later than noon on Friday, one week before graduation, unless an earlier time is specified by the department. Some departments require approval of the project(s) before writing the comprehensive examinations. If students need time for project preparation beyond the semester(s) when regular project credits are accumulated, they may register for project continuation. Project continuation is a non-credit enrollment status that requires a small fee for each semester of registration.

Master’s Thesis
To fulfill the thesis option for the master’s degree, a student is required to write a thesis and successfully defend it in an oral examination at an officially designated time and place.

The master’s thesis must demonstrate the candidate’s capacity for original and independent work, include a critical evaluation of previous research, and emphasize new conclusions. The format of the thesis also must conform to the guidelines found in the Andrews University Standards for Written Work.

The oral defense must be completed no later than four weeks before a candidate plans to graduate.

Comprehensive Examination

Each student in the Community and International Development Program is required to pass a written Comprehensive Examination at the end of his/her studies. The Comprehensive Examination questions will be based on the concepts and principles taught in the core courses and from the concentration requirement the student has taken during the program.

An MSA/CIDP student is not permitted to sit for the Comprehensive Examination until s/he satisfies four criteria: 1) completion of all core course work; 2) completion of all concentration requirements except the final Research Project or Master’s Thesis; 3) regular admission status in the program; 4) official advancement to degree candidacy.

Format of the Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination will be given in a one-day session over eight hours.

A. Core Courses – 6 hours (morning)
Part A will consist of 24 essay type questions covering the topics of the core courses. Students are required to select 12 questions to answer. Each section has 4 questions, of which the student will be required to answer 2:
    Social Science Foundations
    Planning and Evaluation

An average of 30 minutes should be allocated for each answer. Each of the twelve questions must be attempted. Failure to answer any question will constitute a "no pass" grade for the entire Comprehensive Exam. 

B. Research and Concentration - 2 hours (afternoon)
One comprehensive essay question is intended to cover the student’s area of specialization or concentration. Each student will identify in advance the area of Concentration to be covered on this portion of the Comprehensive Examination.

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