M.S. in International Development and Service

The College of Mount Saint Vincent offers a Masters of Science in International Development and Service (IDS), to develop professionals who are internationally experienced, as well as grounded in the ethics of service to the vulnerable and to the planet. Alumni of IDS are working in a range of career track jobs, including international program admissions in higher education, USAID, AmeriCorps, as development officer at De La Salle University in Manila, and beyond.

The IDS program prepares students for careers in:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Social Enterprises
  • Socially Responsible Corporations
  • Social Development at the Community and Policy Levels

What makes this program unique?

  • Basic structure is unique in the nation—requiring service hours in addition to coursework, two overseas semesters, and study abroad and service in the developing world
  • Professional development opportunity structure—students are not just fulfilling different syllabi for different courses. They are set on pathways for distinction and benchmark achievements, such publishing, incubating programs and non-profit organizations, and attracting external resources
  • Social Development at the micro and macro levels—students work at the grass roots level, and learn policy frameworks. They learn issues of social development directly from the source; listening to and serving the vulnerable
  • The Faculty—no program can offer a range of faculty comparable to IDS. The IDS program is traditional in the sense that it trains students into policy understanding. However, the IDS program is non-traditional in that it includes training for interested students in the “aesthetic” of social development. Our program not only teaches policy approaches, but how to appeal to the human spirit in moving populations to recognize social and environmental injustice.
  • Immersion—the best way to learn a society is to live it. The best form of tourism, is living and working in a society. Students will be inculcated into several immersion experiences at once. They will serve and know local populations and cultures overseas (cultural immersion), serve and know vulnerable populations (service learning), and serve and know professionals in the field (professional socialization).

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