Global Leadership, Community Development Emphasis (M.A.)
The Master of Arts in Global Leadership Community Development Emphasis is designed to help students:
- Successfully lead organizations in domestic and international contexts
- Develop competencies in strategic planning, effective communication, team building analysis
- Gain a broad comprehension of culture and its effect on human interaction
- Prepare for cross-cultural ministry under missionary sending agencies and denominations, such as the Christian and Missionary Alliance
- Promote an understanding of the interplay among culture, gospel and ministry
- Effectively lead community development initiatives in multicultural contexts
The online Master’s degree in Global Leadership with concentration in Community Development is designed for students who will work in underserved areas where individuals and communities are greatly impacted by poverty, weak education systems, poor healthcare, social injustice, and possibly recent natural or manmade disasters. Individuals who earn the degree will be equipped to effectively lead community development initiatives in various international and domestic contexts.
What it emphasizes
The Community Development concentration prepares students to empower communities to work toward a better future. The program prepares students with a strong understanding of intercultural dynamics, leadership principles, and contemporary issues in community development. All courses are taught from a Christian perspective with a program emphasis on holistic ministry.
What you need to pursue this degree
Those applying for entrance into this program are required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. Although it is not required, some community development experience is helpful.
Community Development Emphasis Courses
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Opportunities to use this degree
Many international and domestic non-profits, including a large number of faith-based organizations, specialize in community development. Students may also find jobs with various international government agencies that are engaged in relief and development work. Domestic and international community development activities include providing enhanced community services, better healthcare, access to education and opportunities to develop small businesses. The main focus of community development is working to empower communities to better meet their own needs. Much of this work can go hand-in-hand with Christian ministry.
The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online Master’s degree in Global Leadership with a concentration in Community Development. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.
What areas are covered by a Community Development concentration? A career in Community Development would include many different areas of specialized training. You will learn how to empower community members gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to transformation their communities. Course work in the concentration includes training in communication, strategic planning and team building, with an emphasis on holistic ministry.
What classes would this program include? Courses in the concentration include:
- Methods of Community Organizing and Community Development
- Contemporary Issues in Community Development
- Intercultural Team Building
- Intercultural Communication
- Foundations in Principles of Holistic Ministry
The full list of courses can be found on the degree program page.
How long does it take to complete the degree? Most students complete the program in two years. This can be done by taking one 7-week class at a time over the two year time period.
How often do I have to be on campus? The Master’s degree in Global Leadership with a concentration in Community Development is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program. Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor who will provide academic support, guidance and advice throughout the program. You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation! We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation. The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.
What jobs can I get with this degree? Students who pursue the Community Development concentration have the opportunity to work in a wide range of organizations and positions including:
- International Development Agencies
- Community Development Agencies
- Relief and Development Agencies
- Urban Development Agencies
- Economic Development Agencies
- Social Service Agencies
- Nonprofit Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Urban Outreach Organization
- Housing Programs
- International and Urban Missions
Do I need community development experience to complete this program? No, although some familiarity community development will certainly help.
Can I transfer into the Global Leadership (MA) program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree? Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree in order to start the program.
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