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Financial Analysis and Reporting (3) ACCT 625 Develops business leaders' financial-statement literacy. Topics include: understanding the nature of business transactions; identification of relevant economic events for reporting; determination of appropriate financial measures for those events; analysis of the effects of those events in the organization's performance and financial condition.
Cultural and Development Anthropology (2) ANTH 517 Introduction to the basic concepts, methods, and theories of cultural anthropology. Anthropological perspectives on culture change, globalization, global and local world-making, indigenous knowledge, sustainable community development, and project management. Special emphasis on anthropological principles and techniques that inform development work including application of anthropological knowledge and research to real-world problems.
Organizational Behavior & Leadership (3) BSAD 515 Application of behavioral sciences to management. The examination of contemporary theories and principles of human behavior. Topics include perception, personality, attitudes, emotions, motivation, leadership, decision-making, communication, group processes, diversity, organizational change, self-awareness, and stress management. A research paper and case analyses are required.
Leadership & Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations (3) BSAD 530 Issues facing managers in third-sector organizations. Studies of the mission and objectives pursued, strategic leadership and board composition, organizational structure and operation, marketing and fundraising, financial management, training and motivation of volunteers, assessment of stakeholder satisfaction and overall operating effectiveness. A major field project is required.
Conflict Management (3) CHMN 526 This course offers biblical resources and contemporary research informing creative management of human conflict. Included is examination of the causes and dynamics of conflict in churches. Participants develop skills in resolution and mediation. A variety of instructional methods, including lectures, case studies, role-plays, media, and personal style instruments are employed.
Development Theory and Practice (3) CIDS 520 Provide an introduction to different theoretical perspectives of development. Review of the history of development which provides a critical and ethical understanding of the social, economic, and political dimension of development in practice. This course addresses a range of processes to address the needs of diverse communities in multiple and complex contexts.
Community Assessment & Planning (3) CIDS 530 Introduction to concepts and methods of conducting a community needs assessment and mapping community capacity to address those needs. Development of skills in selecting, analyzing, understanding, and interpreting assessment outcomes to inform policy and practice. Consider complex interactions between community and international development stakeholders and other factors affecting accountability, project planning, and outcomes.
Project Design, Implementation & Evaluation (3) CIDS 536 Exploration of various perspectives and approaches to project design, implementation, and evaluation. Understand the context and interdependence of each element of the project management cycle. Building on assessment results, the theory and application of program planning techniques and processes, and the objectives of monitoring and evaluation are introduced. Hands-on experience provides opportunities to exercise skills needed for project design, grant writing, and evaluation techniques.
Communication in Development Practice (2) COMM 540 Students examine the relationship between culture and communication. Apply analytic and communication skills which enable effective communication in various communities. Develop skills in persuasion and explore sensitivity to diversity issues.
Portfolio (1) IDAS 597 An organized collection of educational and professional accomplishments is produced. This will include basic personal and background information, a profile of the Focus area, outstanding academic work, and other artifacts acquired to demonstrate achievements and competencies related to international development.
Ethics in Development (2) IDAS 610 Overview of the philosophical field of ethics and introduction to frameworks for ethical decision-making. Examine the development process and analyze ethical problems pertaining to the confrontation between development objectives and culture, religion, gender, and the environment. Biblical resources are offered to approach potential dilemmas at work and home in an ethical way.
Applied Statistical Methods (2) IDAS 613 Analysis of data using descriptive and basic inferential statistics, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency, sampling, distribution, levels of significance in hypothesis testing, correlation, t-tests, one way analysis of variance, simple linear regression, and chi-square.
Development Research Methods (2) IDAS 623 Background and experience in understanding quantitative and qualitative research designs as they relate to the student’s Focus area. Topics include the research process, defining variables, formulating and stating the problem, planning and designing the research, conducting literature review, instrumentation, data collection procedures, researchers ethical and legal responsibilities and basic data analysis. Students are expected to develop a research proposal. Pre- or co-requisite IDAS613.
Concepts of Project Management (3) IDAS 630 Introduction to concepts and methods of conducting community needs assessment and capacity mapping. Development of skills in selecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data affecting program planning and implementation. Considers complex interactions affecting program accountability and outcomes. Provides practical opportunity to exercise skills needed for project design and grantmanship.
Professional Training: Focus Area (2) IDAS 635 Students are required to participate in Professional Training related to the selected Focus area, culminating in a synthesis paper on best practices learned during the training. In addition, the student will design and implement a Colloquium to present best practices in the Focus area.
Project Continuation (0) IDAS 650 Student may register for this title while clearing deferred grade (DG) with advisor approval only.
Program Continuation (0) IDAS 655 Students may register for this non-credit continuation course to maintain active status.
Comprehensive Examinations (0) IDAS 670 Comprehensive Examinations.
Field Practicum: Focus Area (2) IDAS 680 The Field Practicum integrates International Development theory into practice. There are two options to fulfill the Field Practicum. Students will complete either; (1) a baseline and benchmarking study to understand best practices in the focus area; or (2) complete an internship of 300 hours in a sponsoring organization. The course culminates with an oral presentation of the students’ findings and experiences.
Specialization Essay: Focus Area (1) IDAS 696 Students are required to broaden knowledge in their Focus area through synthesizing and critiquing scholarly journal articles, professional association publications, publications of multi-government organizations such as the United Nations or the World Bank, publications by various international non-government organizations, or internet resources. The outcome of this literature review will be a “Specialization Essay.”
Research Project (3) IDAS 697 A research project is carried out by a master’s degree candidate in which mastery of the research process is demonstrated. The student is expected to choose a research topic related to his/her Focus area.
Public Policy, Civil Society and Development (2) PLSC 525 Governments are pressed to address issues of individual and collective concern. Resolving matters may demand the creation of programs and governmental policies, modification of existing ones or termination of current policy. Utilizing a case study approach, this course considers the essential phases of policymaking on behalf of civil society.





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