International Development—MIDA (off-campus)

The Master of International Development Administration (MIDA) has been educating professionals to advance their field of interest, whether it is humanitarian work, economic development, international business, health, education or other professions involved with social and community needs. The ultimate goal is to enable graduates to acquire whatever capacities they need to be effective agents in assisting communities to attain well-being for its present members and their future generations.

The off-campus International Development Program (IDP) is an interdisciplinary, interschool graduate program and draws on the strengths of the various schools of the university. The degree focus is to strengthen skills in project management and administration.

This program allows a student to:

  • Study while you work
  • Become competitive with an internationally recognized masters degree
  • Expand global network through a multicultural and professional study body
  • Meet highly qualified faculty with international and community development experience
  • Benefit from an affordable financial package

Program length

This 39-40 credit program typically takes a minimum of three years and maximum of six years to complete. Classes are taught during 2-3 week intensive sessions at extension sites in various locations around the world. Students are required to attend four intensives to complete the core courses.

Application Deadlines

There are no application deadlines for the International Development Program. Enrollment is on a rolling admission basis.


  • International Development
  • Organizational Leadership

Core course comprise of 29 credits with 10-11 credits of this program tailored to a concentration the student will select. Concentration options include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Advocacy
  • Civil Society
  • Cross Cultural Relations
  • Development Policies of Government (and Religion)
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Education, Environmental Studies
  • Food Security
  • Gender and Development
  • Agriculture
  • Microenterprise
  • NPO Polices and Operations
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Poverty Mitigation
  • Public Health

Teaching sites

The International Development Program offers its classes in multiple regions and languages around the world. Venues and languages are subject to change but currently include:

  • Chile (Spanish)
  • Ghana (French and English)
  • Italy (English)
  • Japan (English)
  • Kenya (English)
  • Rwanda (English and French)
  • South Africa (English)

A university campus is the preferred venue in each region for the teaching sessions.

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.60 (or 2.75 on the last half of undergraduate courses). The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.

Admission requirements

An application package can be downloaded from:

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Computer literacy: Demonstrate skills such as word processing and Internet usage.
  • E-mail access: E-mail communication is very important for participation in this program.

Additional requirements for international students

  • Transcripts: Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, are required from institutions where English is not the language of instruction.
  • Baccalaureate diploma: A literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document, must be sent by mail.
  • A-levels: A copy of the A-level certificate, where applicable.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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