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Eastern University’s Master of Arts in International Development provides training and education that focuses on issues facing developing societies and NGOs. The program targets leaders, facilitators and managers of development projects who want to enhance their theological framework for development, hone their skills and gain a better understanding of the social, economic and cultural perspectives that impact social transformation in the U.S. and internationally.
The 30-credit MA has two concentrations: an urban ministry concentration geared towards preparing practitioners for work in the metropolitan United States, and an international concentration for those feeling called to the international arena. The urban and international concentrations are offered in the MA full-time traditional delivery with an internship in an urban setting in the United States or in a developing country, respectively. The global concentration is also offered in a blended online residency format in Africa.
The program is open to all applicants already possessing an undergraduate degree and offers four delivery options.
Students may choose to join the full-time, U.S. cohort-based program in Pennsylvania that takes 15 months to complete. The final three-month course consists of practical experience with a domestic development organization that students may choose according to their interests. This may be in the form of a formal internship or full-time job placement.
International students may enroll in the blended online program, an innovative model that allows students to become practitioners by working with NGOs and non-profits. Students come together annually for a two-and-a-half week residency in Africa and classroom time for a few of the courses taken throughout the academic year. The second year consists of applying online courses to students’ work in their respective organizations. The program acts as a support for students as they work with their ministries. The program takes two years to complete and requires a 200-hour field development practicum.
The U.S. Annual Residency model is designed to accommodate working professionals in developing their skills and spiritual foundations for a career in the field of development. This blended online delivery model includes a two-and-a-half-week residency each year of the program and allows for completion in two years.
The fourth option of a mission year and the blended online program in international develop allows completion in two years. Students live in Mission Year houses and communities for the program’s duration. In the first year, participants gain experience from weighted practice in urban community service, which supplements their learning through the blended online program. In year two, students shift from fieldwork to formal coursework while mentoring first year Mission Year volunteers in the city. Eastern University’s M.A. in International Development is uniquely positioned to provide working professionals and traditional students the flexibility and foundation of a spiritually guided program in a variety of development contexts.
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