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Online Master of Arts in International Community Development

Northwest University
20-24 months
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
29 August 2022
Online Master of Arts in International Community Development

About this program

Online Master of Arts in International Community Development

The International Community Development Master’s degree is designed to prepare men and women for context-sensitive, strategic leadership for advocacy and social change, both in the US and overseas. The degree highlights core issues of global-cultural awareness and social justice and places special emphasis on the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. Students will be equipped to identify, analyze, and understand cultural differences in contexts of need, and to develop holistic responses that are sensitive to the particular constraints and opportunities presented in those settings. Students will, in the course of study, explore career options in relief and development contexts, including leadership, sustainable funding, and social entrepreneurship, as well as project design and program evaluation.

Program content

Year One – Fall Semester: 6

  • Community and Economic Development
  • Culture Studies in A Globalized Context

Year One – Spring Semester: 6

  • Research for Social Change
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking
  • program Evaluation

Year One – Summer Semester: 6

  • Fieldwork
  • Children, Poverty, And Development or Disaster Relief, Development, and Resilience 3 credits
  • Funding and Grant Writing

Year Two – Fall Semester: 6

  • Integrative Project
  • Social and Environmental Justice in Development
  • Project Management for Development

Year Two – Spring Semester: 6

  • Integrative Project II
  • Peacemaking and Reconciliation
  • Integrative Project Presentation

Year Two – Summer Semester: 6

  • Integrative Project Presentation (online only)
  • Project Management for Development
  • Funding and Grant Writing
  • Program Evaluation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Applicants to the MA in International Community Development choose between on-campus and online global hybrid program delivery models. The online global hybrid MAICD begins with a week in Oxford, England, and ends with another international trip for integrative projectpresentations. The on-campus MAICD typicaly meets one eveningper week.While every semester of the on-campus program features on-campus courses, certain courses are only offered online. Both versions of the MAICD are identical in terms of their programmatic requirements, learning outcomes, and course sequence. Students take 36 credits over a period of 20-24 months. Two-credit classes typically last 15 weeks, whereas three-credit classes may be either consecutive (lasting for eight weeks each) or concurrent (lasting a total of 16 weeks). Theoretical grounding, the development of practical skills, and experiential learning are critical values for the program. Fieldwork is designed by each student with input from ICD faculty membersand consists of 80 hours of service which will provide a relevant context for research. Students are expected to complete their fieldwork by the end of summer semester. Prior to graduation, students complete an integrative projectwhich they present at the end of the program.


  • Tuition fee: $713 per credit
  • Annual Tuition fee: $13,834 (2021 - 22)


Credits: 36 semester

Academic Award: Master of Arts

Upon completion of the MAICD program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Assess the particularities of culture contexts as they are relevant to the design and implementation of community development interventions;
  2. Engage qualitative research methods to identify a community’s core challenges and inherent resources;
  3. Collaborate with community stakeholders and external agencies to create contextualized responses to social challenges;
  4. Define a personal theological/philosophical framework for a vocation of service;
  5. Develop lifelong, habitual practices of authentic self-assessment and personal transformation;
  6. Strategize for effective program implementation and management;
  7. Analyze relief and development outcomes to assess program impact.

Career paths

Relief and Development Nonprofits

Whether you are a current seasoned professional or just starting out, we can help you take your career in relief and development to the next level. Our practical classes can be applied to many roles, including project manager, program evaluator, fundraiser, and country director.

Your Own Organization

Make your own social enterprise, nonprofit organization, business, or network more purposeful, sustainable, and effective. Some of our alumni begin the program having already launched an organization, and have used the MAICD degree to become more effective, credible, and sustainable. Others go on to start their own initiatives after graduation.

Local Government and Advocacy

Work for the department of labor, health and human services, tribal relations, city planning, advocacy and policy groups influencing the government, or nonprofits in partnerships with local government. Direct, facilitate, or serve as a consultant.

Schools and Education Systems

Start a school for a disadvantaged population, advocate on behalf of immigrant students, advise multicultural programs, organize an educational program, or teach students of all ages. Our graduates serve in all levels of education.

Church Ministries and Missions

Serve as a missions director, an urban outreach coordinator, or a missionary; transform your context through a holistic approach to intercultural work, and create healthy partnerships in your community and around the world.

Healthcare Organizations

Become a cultural communications consultant or a minority rights advocate, start a clinic, or facilitate the sustainable growth of improved healthcare in a particular context. Medical professionals often take our program as a way to orient their skillset around issues of community health and/or cross-cultural praxis.

Businesses and Foundations

Work in the corporate relations department of a business, or in a philanthropic foundation. Found your own social purpose business. Become a grant coordinator or a community impact researcher. Ensure that organizations doing great work are truly sustainable.

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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98003 Kirkland Washington
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