Community and International Development—MSCID (on-campus)

The Master of Science in Community and International Development is an 18–24 month graduate program. On a basic level, students will explore the social science foundations especially in regard to probing the meaning of people-centered development. Students will develop skills related to program planning, implementation, and evaluation and will gain knowledge in principles of organizational behavior, leadership and management as they relate to non-profit organizations. Further, ethical principles and financial analysis for assuring individual and organizational accountability will be covered. Social research methods and techniques of communicating with stakeholders about their community development plans will be mastered. Students will obtain competency in at least one concentration emphasis to meet the career goals of the student. The field practicum will require the student to undertake a 300-hour internship. 

Program length

The regular standing two-year program requires 45–51 credits of coursework and at least 300 hours of internship.

Students entering the program with undergraduate coursework in emergency preparedness, organization and human resources, social policy, accounting, anthropology, macroeconomics, and research may be admitted into a 30+ credit Advanced Placement course of study, which includes at least 300 hours of internship.


  • Advocacy
  • Community Education
  • Community Health
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Gender, Poverty and Micro enterprise
  • International Relations
  • NGO Development and Operations
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution

Students who are interested in a different emphasis than those listed above are welcome to discuss other options with their advisor.

Application deadlines

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 30
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer (May - August): June 1

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Academic 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 3.00. The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.


  • Completed coursework in Accounting, Statistics and Research II.
  • Provisional acceptance may be granted without these  courses, and the student would be expected to take them during the first year of enrollment. Credits for prerequisites do not apply toward the MSCID.

Admission requirements

  • Transcripts:  Your application will be processed based on Unofficial Transcripts and you will be able to upload a copy of your Unofficial Transcripts directly in your Graduate application. If the admission decision is to accept you into the program Official Final Transcripts will be required.

    Domestic and International Prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. are recommended to have transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES or ECE.
  • 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.
  • English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.

Additional requirements for international students

  • In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.

    If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.


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

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