IPSL, in collaboration with the Department of International Studies at Concordia University-Portland, welcomes applicants for the Master of Arts in International Development and Service.
International Development Through Service-Leadership
Now acccepting applications for the following cohorts: Spring (Jan) 2014 and Fall (Aug) 2014.
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Priority-Scholarship* Deadline for Spring 2014 is September 15th, 2013. Priority-Scholarship* Deadline for Fall 2014 is May 15th, 2014.
*Candidates whose applications are received by the Priority-Scholarship Deadline will be considered for IPSL scholarship funds. *Applications after any deadline will be reviewed if space is available. Cohort size is limited, therefore, early application is recommended.
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Reflecting today’s demand for graduates to understand a variety of perspectives and leaders to navigate complex partnerships, this graduate program is interdisciplinary in nature and requires both significant Service-Learning™ and international study activities. Drawing from the fields of global nonprofit management, international education, sustainability, and international studies, the degree educates leaders for professional careers with NGOs, educational, and community development organizations with an international and/or diversity focus.
This degree program is a multi-national, multi-institutional collaboration between IPSL, Concordia University-Portland, International Centre for Intercultural Exchange in Italy, Chiang Mai University in Thailand, and Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
The program can be completed in four semesters and requires 36 graduate credit hours. Students spend two semesters in Portland, Oregon, on the campus of Concordia University-Portland, as well as two semesters at two different IPSL International program locations (Siena, ITALY, and Quito/Galapagos Islands, ECUADOR or Chiang Mai, THAILAND).
While in Portland, students take courses at Concordia in the College of Theology, Arts & Sciences taught by Concordia University faculty members. Courses range on topics from Organization, Development and Volunteerism; Topics in International Non-Profit Leadership; Gender and Sexuality in SE Asia; Political Sociology; Public Health Issues in SE Asia or Latin America; European Perspectives on International Development; Andean Politics, Ethnicity and Identity; Global Perspectives on Psychology; to Fundraising/Grant-Writing; as well as extensive Reflective Writing.
Courses such as Contemporary Issues in International Education, Introduction to Nonprofit Management, and Current Issues in Globalization frame the program and ensure that students graduate with essential knowledge and skills. Students choose from a series of courses that fit their interests and career goals. The courses allow students to develop expertise and leadership skills that prepare them to work in such areas as international education (e.g. in an international programs office at a college or university), global nonprofit management, international program administration, fundraising, government service, or international volunteer/service-learning™ management.
Service-learning™ is central to the IPSL/Concordia master’s degree. Throughout the program, students engage in substantive service work at a local agency in Portland and in the host communities abroad. The primary purpose of the service is to meet a need in the community. In the process, we draw on service as a source of learning about organizations, leadership, social problems, diverse populations, and the role of service and service-learning in civil society. With a seminar called “Institutions in Society” that runs throughout the program, IPSL students reflect on service and their role as civically engaged leaders in a multicultural society. Current and recent community partners domestically include Planned Parenthood, MercyCorps, AFS Intercultural Programs, Bikes to Rwanda, SMYRC (Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center), Catholic Charities of Oregon, Coalition of Community Clinics, OurHouse, Red Sweater Project, International Carpe Diem Foundation, any many more.
While abroad, students live with locals in the community, take classes at our partner universities, and serve in local NGOs and other grassroots organizations. Using an Advocacy Research approach, IPSL graduate students conduct research for an organizational case study that applies what they have learned to a real problem in the field, thus benefitting the host community and host organization(s). For a current list of international volunteer service opportunities, please contact IPSL. Upon their return to Portland during the last semester, students focus on their culminating project, a theory-to-practice analysis that brings together their coursework, research, and service with a practical problem solving approach.
- Four semester/20 month program as a full-time graduate student
- First semester at Concordia University in Portland, OR
- Second semester at the International Centre for Intercultural Exchange (Siena Italian Studies) in Siena, ITALY
- Third semester abroad attending a partner university, Chiang Mai University – Chiang Mai, THAILAND, or Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Quito and Galápagos Islands, ECUADOR
- Fourth semester, students return to Concordia University to finish culminating project.
- (Optional: Summer at the Concordia University-Portland TESL one-month certificate program - not included in program fee)
- Students can choose to focus on their area of interest: Global NGO/Non-profit Leadership, International Education, Refugees/Stateless Societies, Global Health, Women's Empowerment, LGBTQ Rights Worldwide, Conservation and the Environment....this program accommmodates all of these interest areas, and more, with a unique and powerful blend of academic coursework and hands-on experience in three countries.
- 15-20 hours of service work per week throughout the program. The service placements are in the area in which the students focus (see bulleted list above).
- 36 credits total minimum required for degree. Students can take up to 40 semester credits with no additional charge.
- Annual program fee is $32,000, complete program fee is $64,000.
Program fee includes: Tuition and fees, academic advising, medical insurance (while abroad), room and partial board for the two semesters abroad, academic excursions in Portland and while living abroad, visa processing fees, in-country round trip flights from Quito to the Galápagos Islands (for students choosing Ecuador), service placement administration, professional development and networking opportunities, orientations and retreats. Fee DOES NOT include room and board for two semesters in Portland, Oregon, books, international flights, passport fees, and personal spending money. Program fees are guaranteed for the full program length, two years, once a candidate is admitted and has remitted a deposit. Candidates must graduate on time with their cohort to receive fee guarantee.
- AmeriCorps Alumni - The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be applied to the tuition for the IPSL MA program. In honor of your service, IPSL will waive your application fee and provide designated scholarships for relocation, books and/or international flights to qualifying AmeriCorps Alums regardless of whether or not you have used your education award.
- Peace Corps Returnees - IPSL is pleased to recognize the efforts of our country's Peace Corps volunteers! IPSL provides a scholarship of 10% of the Peace Corps Resettlement Allowance to qualified Peace Corps returnees and waives the program application fee.
- General Assistance for all Students
The IPSL graduate program qualifies for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Students may also apply for Grad Plus loans through the federal government to cover tuition and living expenses.
- IPSL is proud to offer the Charles Kunert Servant Leadership Award, which will be awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in one's service placements during the first two semesters, as well as in one's cohort.
- See our Financial Aid page for more information.
- IPSL grants and loans may be available, please inquire for more information.