Concurrent Degree in M.S. in International Development and Service and M.B.A.
The College of Mount Saint Vincent offers a concurrent degree option: Master’s in International Development and Service (M.S. I.D.S.) and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) for as little as 24 additional credits. This M.B.A. Program is exceptional in the nation due to its specific focus on socially responsible business management in resource-scarce environments.
The Concurrent Degree Program
Students who choose the concurrent degree option will earn a second Master’s degree by completing 24 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 necessary to manage non-profits and cater to the needs of vulnerable populations.
The M.B.A. option will emphasize:
- Management of resource-scarce organizations
- Management of large numbers of volunteers
- Management of organizations that complement the community
- Field placements in the NGO/non-profit sectors
- Building sustainability
Students graduating with these concurrent degrees will gain the skills to run non-profit organizations from multiple perspectives. They will also gain a valuable portfolio of competencies—from serving the vulnerable in the field, to promotion and publicizing their needs to the world, to the nuts and bolts of budgeting, strategic planning, and policy implementation at the organizational level.
By earning their second Master’s degree in Business, students will be trained in the techniques and requirements of managing organizations with diverse skills. They will be equipped with a set of management tools ranging from organizational decision making, to program implementation, to meeting regulatory requirements. Students will learn:
- Data analysis and the management of information systems
- Promotion and marketing
- Business law and the non-profit sector
- How to finance and financially plan under-resourced organizations
- Budgeting and organizational control systems
- Understanding organizational culture and managing change
The M.S. in International Development and Service degree at the College of Mount Saint Vincent accommodates two cohorts per year (Fall and Spring start time). Applicants may request program admission for either the Fall Semester or the Spring Semester.