Influence the world through spirit-empowered life, learning and leadership with the online master’s degree in international development from Southeastern University.

Our interdisciplinary approach provides you with the skills you need to make an impact through development and relief agencies, church ministries, international government, healthcare, philanthropy, education and more. Become uniquely prepared to work across various disciplines while learning from faculty who are experts in their respective fields. The program’s online format allows you to study when it’s most convenient, and a one-week international practicum in El Salvador equips you with hands-on, international experience.

Three core course areas make up the curriculum for our online master’s in international development:


Explore the fundamentals of critical business aspects such as quantitative decision-making methods and managerial accounting, finance and economics. Learn the holistic blend of business concepts as evangelism, business operations and mission endeavors. Study the theory and application of social entrepreneurship in an international context.

Christian Ministry

Study the complexities of ministry in cross-cultural and sub-cultural settings. Explore practical theology and issues related to questions about the nature of God’s presence in everyday life. Discover the dynamics of leading a congregation and how to manage conflict when difficult situations arise, and gain experience through a required practicum.

Human Services

Explore how human services affects communities. Examine historical and contemporary trends in human services administration and the theory, process and procedures of program planning and assessment. Learn effective team development as you explore how human services is a collaborative process among different areas. SEU’s online master’s in international development is ideal for those who desire to work in helping professions. It does not prepare you for state licensure in a clinical profession, such as social work or counseling.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Courses and Requirements

The online master’s degree in international development consists of 36 credits and takes between one to two years to complete, depending on the amount of transfer credits and course load. A prerequisite course in accounting is required. The three different cores of the program — business, Christian ministries and human services — make up 12 credits. Within the business core is a one-week, intensive study abroad course in El Salvador.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s international development online program must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. Completed a prerequisite course in accounting

Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU’s online master’s degree in international development, you will need to complete or submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • A four- to five-page personal statement addressing your reason for seeking a graduate degree in international community development
  • Three references: academic, personal and professional

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $495 per credit hour $17,820
Technology Fee $150 per semester $600
General Student Fee $150 per semester $600
Totals $19,020

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information. * Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.

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Career Outcomes

Our online master’s in international development will prepare you for a variety of careers that allow you to make positive change in the world, including work in:

  • Relief and Development Agencies
  • Church Ministries
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Relations and Philanthropy

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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