M.S. in International Development and Service Application Checklist and Timeline

M.S. in International Development and Service

This master’s program is designed to prepare you to lead global non-profits, community development organizations, and other service-based institutions. Interdisciplinary in nature, the program, in collaboration with IPSL (formerly the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership), integrates learning with substantial, hands-on volunteer service experience in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Concurrent Degree: M.S. in International Development and Service plus M.B.A.

Students who choose the concurrent degree option will earn a second master’s degree by completing 18 to 27 additional credits through the College’s graduate program in business. The M.B.A. program is distinctive and exclusive in higher education due to its focus on teaching management skills for under-resourced organizations. It is specifically designed to complement the curriculum of the M.S. I.D.S. Program, which will equip students with the skills they need to manage non-profits and serve the needs of vulnerable populations.

Required Documents – M.S. in International Development and Service

The M.S. in International Development and Service accommodates two cohorts per year (Fall and Spring start time).

Complete an Application
Complete M.S. in International Development and Service Application and application fee

Official, sealed transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent.

Letter of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic letter preferred.

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.

Personal Experience Essay
Please see application for guidelines.

Interview with the Review Committee
This is the final phase of the application process and can be done in person or via Skype or telephone.

Valid Passport
U.S. applicants must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your last term abroad. If you do not have a passport, apply immediately.

International Students
In addition to the requirements previously listed, international students must report a passing score of an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms:

  • TOEFL computer-based: 213
  • TOEFL paper-based: 575
  • TOEFL internet-based: 88
  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

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