Sep 22, 2020
Program Delivery Format
This program is designed to offer both career and executive students a flexible and hybrid learning environment that includes online, knowledge-building, rotation-based coursework integrated with intensive, field-based, face-to-face skills taught within a global community context. To be successful in this program, a student will need a personal computer and/or full-time access to a computer with ongoing and reliable Internet access. Students and/or their families will also need to be able to travel internationally and stay in a field-based project site for a minimum of one semester. Due to the intense nature of graduate school, students are expected to work out a functional plan with their job, family, and other responsibilities as to leave adequate time for school-related duties.
Both qualitative and quantitative factors are considered for an applicant’s acceptance into this graduate program. A candidate for this degree will comply with the following requirements:
- Submit an official transcript from the accredited institution granting your four-year baccalaureate degree.
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
- Two references from professional work supervisors and/or faculty instructors.
- Personal statement.
- Readiness assessment.
- Program readiness interview with leadership team.
- Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper based)/250 (computer-based)/100 (Internet-based).
A student accepted on provisional basis may be admitted to regular status upon the completion of 11 credit hours taken through Southern with a minimum grade point of 3.0 and no grade below a B- in each course. Students are not permitted to repeat courses in order to satisfy this requirement. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will not be permitted to continue in the program.
Admission to the Program
Students will be admitted into the program during the fall, winter and summer semesters.
This program is structured to meet the needs of the part-time as well as the full-time student. Normal progress through the programs for the full-time student is outlined in the curricular plan. Normal progress for part-time students will be one or more courses per semester. The time allowed from enrollment to the graduate program to the conferring of the Master of Global Community Development degree may not exceed five years. Application for an extension will be considered on an individual basis.
All course credits for this program must be completed within this program. Since this curriculum is very unique and applied in a global context, no transfer credits will be allowed.
Students should remain informed about program requirements and emerging changes by reading the online Student Handbook that can be found on the MGCD program web site.
A MGCD candidate must:
- Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
- Complete all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a grade below B-. Classes with a grade below C will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.
- Comply with an additional requirements outlined in the program’s Student Handbook.
- Successfully defend in oral examination the degree competency e-folio.
Global Community Development Curriculum
There are eight (8) core competencies in this 33-credit graduate degree in Global Community Development. The program is designed to include both online-learning and face-to-face, project-centered applied learning. The four to five (4-5) semester full-time program consists of four (4) integral coursework rotations—Knowledge Building, Experiential Learning, Field Application, Learning Defense—each of which is described below.
Upon completion of this graduate program students will demonstrate the following competencies:
- Assimilate Christ’s model of mutual submission in providing community-owned global service while sharing our faith for an abundant life and proactively ameliorating injustice.
- Practice principled and ethical leadership while ensuring personal and relational well-being and safety.
- Integrate contemporary strengths-oriented theoretical constructs while crafting creative assets- focused, capacity- building intervention models.
- Partner relief/development service activities with sustainable entrepreneurship efforts.
- Engage and mobilize key stakeholders to ensure community-owned, sustainable project impacts.
- Use results-oriented research methods to baseline, implement, monitor and evaluate community change and the efficiency and effectiveness of projects.
- Mentor communities to design culturally contextual best-practice humanitarian projects.
- Appraise and disseminate professional results-oriented best practices for achieving positive growth and sustainable behavior-change impacts.
Knowledge Building Rotation 1
Knowledge Building courses are required and are taken during the first coursework rotation. They are taught fully online using a variety of e-learning tools. All of this coursework should be done in one (full-time) or two semesters (part-time). These courses must be successfully completed prior to students being cleared for travel to the second Experiential Learning Rotation 2 project site.
Experiential Learning Rotation 2
This Experiential Learning Rotation 2 offers a one-semester project-based global learning experience. Required for all students in the program, it is taught in discrete skills modules by faculty and field experts, supplemented with online e-learning support and resources. All of this coursework should be done in one semester. To apply these core skills, students will select a personal development sector area of passion and calling. This rotation must be successfully completed prior to students beginning their third Field Application Rotation 3.
Field Application Rotation 3
This Field Application Rotation 3 offers a two-semester internship in a global learning project context. The focus for this will be on practicing all the community development skills learned during the second Experiential Learning Rotation 2. It is required for all students in the program. Working with a program adviser, each student will develop a Program Skill Assessment (PSA) linked to their unique sector of interest. Internships will have routine online expert supervision. A minimum of 700 documented hours of community practice (100 hours per credit hour) will be completed in this minimum two-semester internship. This rotation must be successfully completed prior to students beginning their fourth and final Learning Defense Rotation 4.
Learning Defense Rotation 4
This final Learning Defense Rotation 4 is a portfolio capstone wrap-up semester. Students will evidence their graduate learning in an online e-folio. When cleared by their adviser, students will present a professional oral defense of the e-folio. During one semester, students will also complete all of their graduation paperwork. If a student chooses to extend this defense process beyond one semester, they must register for this class again each additional semester until their defense is successfully completed. This rotation must be successfully completed prior to students being cleared for graduation.