Program Delievery Format
This program is designed to offer both career and executive students a flexible and hybrid learning environment that includes online, knowledge-building, modular coursework integrated with intensive, field-based, face-to-face skills modules 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.
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.
Note: This program is in the routine process of gaining accreditation approval by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.