This program prepares men and women for context-sensitive, strategic leadership in meeting the needs of the poor and oppressed, both in the U.S. and overseas. This degree emphasizes core issues of global-cultural awareness and social justice. Students are equipped to identify, analyze, and understand cultural differences in contexts of need, and to develop holistic responses that are sensitive to the particular constraints and opportunities presented in those settings.
Students will explore career options in relief and development contexts, including leadership and management, as well as project design and facilitation. Possible career settings for people with a Masters in ICCD include:
This degree is essentially practical and tied to real-world needs; there is a constant emphasis on the interplay between theory and praxis. All students will take part in a cross-cultural field experience in semesters two, three, and four through the practicum series. This may include volunteering for an organization with which they are already associated. Through this practicum, students use research skills learned in the classroom to enact social change in a real-world context. Students may opt to use this field research as a basis for their final thesis project.
The next application deadline for the MA in International Care & Community Development is March 1, 2014.
The M.A. in International Care and Community Development program uses a cohort system in which all entering students are grouped together and given nearly the same schedule of courses for the entire program. The advantage of this system is the support and openness it creates. The cohort becomes a valuable resource for several reasons. Students study together. They encourage and assist one another when needed. They also become comfortable with one another to the point of being able to discuss sensitive issues and share personal accounts. Such an approach integrates community with personal, academic, and spiritual formation.
It takes 19 months to complete this degree across five semesters. Classes are in session from the first week of September through April the following year. There are one-to two-week breaks between each semester. Classes usually meet one or two evenings per week and one weekend per month. Weekend classes are comprised of a Friday evening and a Saturday morning through afternoon.
A complete list of courses for the M.A. in International Care & Community Development program can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.
You can request more information, or speak with our Director of M.A. Student Services for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences: