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MA in International Development Delivery

We currently offer our the degree in three deliveries:

  1. A U.S. full-time, cohort-based program in Pennsylvania for full-time students - 15 months to complete. Each new cohort starts annually in late August.
  2. Offered in Africa: an International cohort blended online delivery model (Africa Residency) for practitioners  - 2 years to complete. Each new cohort starts annually in early May.
  3. Offered in the USA: a cohort blended online delivery model for practitioners - 2 years to complete the MA International Development (or 3 years to complete the MBA Economic Development). Each new cohort starts annually in early June.
  4. Mission Year + Eastern Partnership

More information on each program delivery detailed below.

For the Full-Time Student - Study on Campus

The U.S. full-time MA cohort takes 15 months to complete - 12 months on campus and 3 months in a "field semester" (preferrably in a developing country). Students start together as a cohort in late August and work through the program as a group. It starts with a required orientation, which is normally held the weekend before classes begin for the Fall semester.

Field Semester Component:

The "field semester" in the MA and MBA programs is called the Development Field Practicum, in which students work for a development organization in the field. Students are responsible to find a practicum of their choice, depending on personal preference for region of the world or city in the United States, type of organization, and area of professional interest. This may be a formal internship or a full-time job placement. Students will work with a mentor, learning how to apply the concepts and practical skills of development they have learned in coursework throughout the year. During the field semester, students complete coursework online for this course and one other course.

For the Working Professional - Part-Time Cohorts

The International concentration is also offered in a blended online/residency learning model to practitioners working in NGOs and non-profits. Students will come together annually in Kigali, Rwanda or the USA for a 2.5 week residency and the "classroom" coursework for a few courses. Throughout the following year, they will complete the on-line portion of those courses, applying them to the work in their respective organizations. The program is designed to support them in their work with their ministries.

Students will repeat the process the following year with the remaining courses in their program. This program takes two years to complete. A 250-Hour Field Development Practicum is also required to complete the program.

Mission Year + Eastern's MA International Development or MBA Economic Development

The Mission Year + Eastern Partnership (MY+E) program prepares future leaders for effective urban ministry and community development within distressed communities. The MY+E Partnership program is based on the belief that context enriches education and therefore grounds preparation for urban community development firmly within the basis of urban living and mentored service.

Degree Options

MA in International Development
Designed for those who wish to facilitate development projects by instituting a theological framework and understanding the economic and cultural forces that impact social transformation. Graduates will enter the field equipped with the skills required to understand and manage development efforts in urban and global settings.

MBA in Economic Development
Provides the skills and knowledge necessary to start capital-generating ventures and lead organizations that contribute to poverty alleviation. Graduates leave with a portfolio that includes business plans, market analysis, feasibility studies, ethnographies and needs assessments. The concentration is intentionally contextualized to issues in the urban and developing worlds. Acceptance into the degree program requires completion of GMATs and business foundation courses.

You can learn more by visiting the Mission Year Web site.

More information about the Mission Year + Eastern University School of Leadership programs.

For more information about the International Development Programs, contact Lindsey Perry at 610.341.1311 or lperry@eastern.edu.

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