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.
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.
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.
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:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Completed a prerequisite course in accounting
Select one of the following:
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 1013 Introduction to Accounting and Finance This course provides an introduction to the basics of accounting and finance. It is intended for business minors and places emphasis on the understanding of the language of accounting and finance, recording of transactions, financial statements, time value of money, financial ratios, and managerial decision-making, using accounting and finance information. 3 BUSI 2233 Principles of Managerial Accounting As a survey and examination of the fundamental cycles and operations of managerial accounting this course includes analysis, interpretation and application of financial principles for organizational decision-making. Relevant information relating to cost/volume/profit analysis and capital budgeting are key concepts covered. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits BUSI 5003 MBA Principles This course is a survey and examination of the fundamental cycles and operations of managerial accounting, managerial economics, and quantitative methods. It includes analysis, interpretation and application of financial principles for organizational decision-making. Students will review supply, demand, and elasticity principles; study how firms should price products and the power of incentives; examine how firms apply time value, and use probability and statistical concepts. 3 BUSI 5533 Global Social Entrepreneurship This course is a study of the theory and practice social entrepreneurship in an international business context. It takes a holistic blend of the concepts of business as mission, business operations, and evangelism endeavors. 3 BUSI 5503 Accounting and Finance This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 BBUS 5333 Global Business Management This course provides the knowledge and sensitivity required to successfully manage organizations within the global economy. It explores the geographic, political, social,economic, legal, and technological influences on international business. Theories of international trade and development will be explored with an emphasis on global business operations and strategy. 3
BUSI 5533 is a one-week, intensive study abroad course in El Salvador.
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMIN 5473 Foundations of Cross Cultural Ministry This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare the student for effective ministry in the complexities of cross-cultural and sub-cultural settings. Foundational issues related to applied missions anthropology, inter-cultural communication, and contextualization will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5243 Strategic Missional Leadership This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology This course covers critical issues related to questions about the nature of God's presence in everyday life. It develops a foundation for practical theology based on fundamental issues by defining dilemmas for study, developing a dialogue with pertinent sources, formulating and implementing reasonable intentions for resolving those dilemmas, and assessing the application of those intentions. Thsi will involve theololgical reflection on th unique issues which arise in the maor spheres of home, church, academy, and workplace. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUSV 5223 Human Services & the Community This course examines the role of the human services professional in the community. Emphasis will be placed on public awareness, public and private community resources, community projects, and public policy. 3 HUSV 5033 Program Planning & Evaluations 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. 3 HUSV 5063 Group Development & Change in Human Services This course introduces human services as a collaborative process that takes place across many different agencies. It examines theories, research, and practices of effective team development. The focus of the course will be on the stages and functions of team development. Team dynamics such as motivation and decision making will be examined. 3 HUSV 5003 Human Services Administration 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. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$400|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
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.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
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
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- Yes. Check with your enrollment counselor to see if you may be eligible for any of these benefits.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
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