Master of Arts in International Community Development

Southeastern University’s MA in International Community Development equips students with a wide range of skills in ministry, business and social services, preparing you to help others and make a leadership impact in both local and global communities. This 36 credit hour degree is offered completely online through our convenient MyFire course portal, giving you the choice to study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you while Participate in a one-week international study abroad trip.also allowing you to connect with your professors and classmates through discussion forums, email and more. You will also participate in a one-week international study abroad trip. The program can be completed in one year, though students may choose to study at a slower pace by taking one or two classes at a time. With courses in business, ministry and human services, you will be uniquely prepared to collaborate across disciplines.

Note: This degree program is an excellent option for students who wish to work in helping professions but prefer to take classes online. This program does not prepare students for state licensure as a clinical professional. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21% increase of jobs in the community development field between 2012 and 2022, which is higher than the average for all occupations.

Program Details

12 hours of business core
12 hours of Christian ministries core
12 hours of human services core
Total credit hours — 36

Cost per credit hour — $495
Estimated total tuition cost — $17,820

Note – The international trip cost is an additional $2,000.

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.


Sample Core Courses

  • Global Social Entrepreneurship (BUSI 5533) —This course is a study of the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship in an international business context. It takes a holistic blend of the concepts of business as mission, business operations and evangelism endeavors.
  • Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry (PMIN 5473) —This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare the student for effective ministry in the complexities of cross-cultural and subcultural settings. Foundational issues related to applied missions anthropology, intercultural communication and contextualization will be addressed.
  • Program Planning and Evaluation (HUSV 5033) —This course will examine the theory, process and procedures of program planning and evaluation. This course will also provide students with the basic set of skills necessary to design, develop and evaluate various human services programs.
  • Human Services Administration (HUSV 5003) —This course addresses the historical and current trends in the development and administration of human services organizations. Emphasis will be placed on the administrative and management skills necessary to plan, develop, implement and administer the overall and day-to-day activities of a human service agency or organization.

Business Core

MBA Principles

Global Social Entrepreneurship

Accounting and Finance

Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Christian Ministries Core

Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministries

Managing Change and Conflict

Graduate Practicum I

Shape of Practical Theology

Human Services Core

Human Services and the Community

Program Planning and Evaluation

Group Development and Change in Human Services

Human Services Administration

Relief and development agencies

Church ministries

Corporate relations and philanthropy

Project management