Master of Arts in International Community Development

Don't Just See The World. Change The World.

Our International Community Development (ICD) 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.

Interested in an on-campus program?

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

MAICD Application Deadlines

  • October 15th (application decision in November)
  • December 1st (application decision before Christmas)
  • March 1st (application decision in late March)
  • May 1st (if space allows)

Hear From Our Graduates

Many of our ICD 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 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 ICD 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

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.

Healthcare

Cultural communications consultant; minority rights advocate.

Project Management

Homeless shelter vocational trainer; orphanage director.

Education

Minority student advisor; literacy advocate; English teacher abroad.

Research

Immunization program design; program impact evaluation.

 

Make a Living. Make a Difference.

After graduating from the ICD 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."

Program Cost

Cost per Credit

$649

Total Credits in Program

40

Next Steps

Would you like to get started right away? Begin the admission process now by completing our online application form. Or fill out the Request Info form, and a member of our Admissions team will contact you soon.

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Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is a private, non-profit Christian institution awarding associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The University also holds membership with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

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NOTE: Northwest University is not currently authorized to accept applications to our online programs (with the exception of the M.A. in International Community Development) from residents of these states: Connecticut, DC, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Wisconsin. This information will be updated as additional state authorizations are secured.