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USA Annual Residency

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USA Annual Residency Model

The School of Leadership and Development (SLD) was delighted to announce the launch in July of 2012 of its new USA blended delivery of its MBA in Economic Development and MA in International Development.

The blended delivery has been used by SLD for more than 10 years to deliver its masters degrees all over the world, and now this delivery format is available in the United States. Designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults who feel called to develop their skills and spiritual foundations for a potential calling to the field of development, the blended delivery model allows for the completion of the degree in two years for the MA and three years for the MBA.

Students are required to prepare for and attend a residency of two and a half weeks each year of their program, during which time they engage in two and a half days of classroom time for each of the five courses covered during the academic year. After the residency, they follow up each course, one at a time, with online discussion and completing assignments required by the course. A 250 hour Development Field Practicum for the Development programs or a Capstone for the leadership programs is also required to complete the program.

Residency Dates

Mid July - August

A program of study and exact residency dates will be posted shortly.

Application Information and Deadlines

To APPLY for either the MBA in Economic Development or MA in International Development, please click here.

Courses

The list of courses offered this year for each program is listed below.

Year 1:

MA International Development
Theology of Poverty
Economic Development for Developing Countries
Community Development
Program Planning, Management and Marketing
Leadership and Empowerment

MBA Economic Development
Theology of Poverty
Economic Development for Developing Countries
Community Development
Program Planning, Management and Marketing
Managerial Accounting

Year 2:

MA International Development
Applied Research
Advocacy, Public Policy, and Human Rights
Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding
Introduction to Microfinance
Relief and Mitigation for Disasters
Development Field Practicum

MBA Economic Development
Applied Research
Advocacy, Public Policy, and Human Rights
Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding
Introduction to Microfinance
Global Financial Management

Year 3:

MBA Economic Development
Managing for Optimal Performance
Market Development for Microenterprises
Social Entrepreneurship
World Economy and Trade
Development Field Practicum

250 Hours Development Field Practicum Requirement

The MA in International Development and MBA in Economic Development have traditionally required students to complete a Development Field Practicum (DFP) course in order to graduate from these programs. Up until this year, this requirement was waived for students taking the program in Africa, based on the argument that attending the residencies in Africa fulfilled at least part of the rationale for the DFP. Starting this year, however, the program will begin requiring students attending the Africa or US Residency to complete a DFP as well. This will ensure that students have the opportunity within the program to use skills acquired to a much fuller extent and to reflect on what they have learned over the course of their study. This is consistent with the opportunities given to the rest of the students of the program.

The Development Field Practicum course requires a minimum of 250 hours of service with any organization involved in a project of social transformation, along with several other assignments. The student is required to identify the organization and make the arrangements for the DFP. This includes submitting the paperwork required to register for the DFP. The student must have a concrete project or role in the chosen organization in order for the time to be counted towards the DFP. The student will be responsible for tracking and submitting the hours spent working on the Development Field Practicum and for completing the other DFP course assignments as per the course syllabus. These assignments include a written community development proposal, a reflection on what the student has learned during the program, and a comprehensive exam that covers areas of study throughout that program.

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