College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts in International Community Development Degree (Online)

Program Also Offered On-Campus ›

Our Master of Arts in International Community Development degree online global hybrid program will transform your passion for serving others into a profession that is focused, skilled, and effective. You'll learn from practitioners in the field who have developed successful international programs. You'll learn by doing—by developing project plans that will be implemented in real service organizations. And you'll learn with others who share your passion.

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We also offer the MAICD on our campus in Kirkland, Washington.

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Highest Accreditation

Not all online programs are accredited—something you never have to worry about at NU.


Exceptional Education

80+ years of experience and knowledge went into creating our online courses.


Faith Integration

Every course includes a component that helps you relate the subject to your faith.


Faculty Who Care

Our instructors are experts who love students and bring out their very best.

MAICD Application Deadlines

  • December 1st with an acceptance decision before Christmas
  • March 1st with an acceptance decision in late March
  • May 1st with an acceptance decision in late May
  • June–August applications reviewed as space is available

Hear From Our Graduates

Many of our International Community Development graduates have gone on to make the world a better place. Some have worked with local governments. Others have been employed by existing relief organizations. Still others have started their own organizations. All have been equipped for success. In this video, Joseph Rahm speaks about the agency he started to educate the next generation of leaders in Honduras.

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Why Choose A Masters in International Community Degree Online at Northwest University?

Receive the highest accreditation possible.

We represent the gold standard in accreditation. You'll strengthen your professional credibility and graduate knowing that your degree is widely recognized and deeply respected.

Grow your career. Expand your influence.

Many organizations require a master's degree. Our Online Masters in International Community Development program is designed for those who'd like to move their career to the next level and help others on a larger scale.

Maximize your cross-cultural influence.

We equip you to understand the culture of a given service context. Our core belief? You must know a culture deeply—and surrender yourself to the wisdom of those whom you serve—if you want your efforts to have maximum impact.

Deepen spiritually at a Christian university.

ICD professors seek to incorporate components of spiritual growth alongside academic learning. Our premise? All truly effective service flows out of a sense of spiritual purpose and theological grounding.

Learn through hands-on experience.

Through intensive hands-on engagement with real-world challenges, you will learn to think critically and integrate the tools of project management, presentation, program evaluation, and qualitative research.

Focus on your passion.

Our program is unique in that it allows you to tailor your fieldwork, coursework, and thesis project to your specific interests. It's an approach that fosters true mastery of a particular area of praxis.

Begin Your Studies in Oxford

And return to Europe to defend your thesis project. With our online global hybrid program, you have the opportunity to begin and end your online program with a week of intensive learning and exploration in Europe. More than just a chance to study together, these week-long trips will allow you and your peers to become both friends and central figures in each other's emerging professional networks. It's a unique program feature that will enrich your online learning experience.

Common Career Paths for a Community Development Degree 

Relief and Development Agencies

World Vision; World Concern.

Local Government

Health and Human Services; tribal relations consultant.

International Government

World Health Organization; United Nations.

Church Ministries

Missions director; urban outreach coordinator.

Corporate Relations/Philanthropy

Grant coordinator; community impact researcher.


Cultural communications consultant; minority rights advocate.

Project Management

Homeless shelter vocational trainer; orphanage director.


Minority student advisor; literacy advocate; English teacher abroad.


Immunization program design; program impact evaluation.


Make a Living. Make a Difference.

After graduating from the International Community Development program, the Peace Corps selected Brian Humphries to direct a national youth initiative in the Dominican Republic. Today, he works for the Department of Labor to stimulate economic development. "The ICD program taught me how to be a trust-builder between people and organizations. The Department of Labor saw this skill set and hired me to apply it to their project."

Courses for the Master of Arts in International Community Development

We have over 80 years of experience in creating and teaching curriculum. We've invested that experience into every one of the 40 credits that make up our Master of Arts in International Community Development degree.

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CodeCourse TitleCredits
GLST 5932Project Management for Development(2)
GLST 5503Culture Studies in a Globalized Context(3)
GLST 5313Community Development(3)
GLST 5942Funding and Grant Writing(2)
GLST 5153Research for Social Change(3)
GLST 5673Globalization and Development(3)
GLST 5952Program Evaluation(2)
GLST 5203Spirituality, Culture and Social Justice(3)
GLST 5923Fieldwork(3)
GLST 5962Thesis Project Practicum I(2)
GLST 6423Social and Environmental Justice in Development(3)
GLST 5972Thesis Project Practicum II(2)
GLST 6343Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking(3)
GLST 5333Leadership(3)
GLST Elective (Select one of the following)
GLST 6383Peacemaking and Reconciliation(3)
GLST 6573Children, Poverty, and Development(3)
GLST 6593Disaster Relief, Development, and Resilience(3)

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