Graduate Program in International Development & Service
IPSL and College of Mount Saint Vincent
The Founders of International Development & Service™
Inclusive. Sustainable. Ethical. - For over twenty years, IPSL has offered a graduate program in International Development & Service™ (IDS) that combines rigorous academic study with hands-on service to diverse communities around the world. We are proud to partner with College of Mount Saint Vincent – a national leader in Excellence, Diversity and Service – in this unique program that produces socially responsive leaders who can effectively engage and facilitate partnerships in global and diverse communities.
Students are prepared for careers with nonprofit and community-led organizations, government or leading human rights groups through an interdisciplinary program that blends theory with hands-on skill development via volunteer service in New York City, Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Students gain intercultural and international experience as well as build professional networks that position them to launch meaningful careers post-graduation. Areas of specialization vary according to individual interests, but recent students have focused their work on: International Education, Arts/Communications as Social Intervention, Women's Empowerment, Refugees/Resettlement, Global Health & Disability Advocacy, and Urban & Multi-Cultural Education.
Ethical Engagement. Lasting Change.
WHAT MAKES THE IPSL / COLLEGE OF MOUNT SAINT VINCENT PROGRAM UNIQUE?
Individual Attention: Cohorts are capped at a small number - 20 maximum in order to provide the best support and academic quality.
Global Exposure: The IDS program is a multi-national, multi-institutional program that represents the collaborative efforts of diverse institutions and community-led organizations in the United States, Africa, Europe, SE Asia, and South America. (read about our academic partnerships below)
Skills: Students acquire tangible and transferable skill sets through rigorous academics and substantive community service. This theory-to-practice program prepares students to address some of the world's pressing problems.
Social, Racial & Economic Justice: IDS students work to make real change that is based in the values of Social, Racial and Economic justice.
Networks: Field experience and professional networks are developed, which places students in a strong position from which to launch their career.
Self-Reliance: By working in grassroots organizations, which may be under-resourced and under-capitalized, students learn how to maximize scarce resources within high-need settings.
The IPSL/College of Mount Saint Vincent International Development & Service (IDS) program is a unique multi-national, multi-institutional program.
Study, serve, live and learn in three different countries!
- Home Campus: College of Mount Saint Vincent - Riverdale, NY (12 miles from Midtown Manhattan)
EMPHASIS: Foundation for international service-learning, ethical engagement, advocacy research, leadership, International Development and the responsibilities of professionals. Students begin coordinating with key academic advisors.
SEMESTERS 2 and 3 Locations (all students study at two locations of their choice):
Read about our international partner directors HERE.
- Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo - Guayaquil, ECUADOR
- International Centre for Intercultural Exchange - Siena, ITALY
- De La Salle University - Manila, PHILIPPINES
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA
- Institute of South East Asian Affairs at Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, THAILAND
EMPHASIS: Continued International Development exposure through real-world, hands-on service, cultural immersion, and coursework in diverse academic institutions. Students learn how to engage in service to marginalized and vulnerable populations, across ethnic, racial and economic lines. IDS students don't only learn about International Development...they engage in it.
Additional intensive training in sustainable economic development, as well as ethical research methods. Exposure to providing service in the context of critical resource shortages while empowering vulnerable communities. Emphasis on the role – and fallout – from Globalization in a development and service context.
- Home Campus: College of Mount Saint Vincent - Riverdale/NYC, NY
EMPHASIS: Culminating Comprehensive Project/Thesis, final qualifications on ethics and history of international service, and a variety of electives available on nonprofit management, grant-writing/fundraising, intercultural conflict resolution, and more.
Room and Partial Board are provided and included in the program fee during the two semesters abroad. College of Mount Saint Vincent offers limited housing in the "IDS House" on a first come, first-served basis for the semesters in NYC (1st and 4th). Please inquire with IPSL!
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS
Admission to the Graduate Program in International Development and Service (IDS) is competitive. Early application is recommended.
The published deadline for a FALL (early September) start is August 1st of each year.
The published deadline for a SPRING (late January) start is December 1st of each year.
Admission Requirements & Application Checklist
Complete applications for the Graduate Program in International Development & Service are reviewed as they are received (rolling basis). Initial review of the application begins after IPSL receives the online application and conducts an interview with the candidate via Skype, phone or in person.
- IPSL/IDS online application
- Official, sealed transcripts verifying a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution.
- A recommended 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent. Note that students below this recommended GPA will be provided with an opportunity to demonstrate the justification for a waiver.
- Two confidential letters of recommendation. These can be mailed, faxed or emailed to IPSL from the recommender's email address.
- $75 processing fee
- Once the IPSL online application is submitted, candidates are contacted to schedule an Interview with the review committee.
- Valid Passport. U.S. applicants must have a passport that is valid for at least six months BEYOND THE END DATE of your last term abroad. If you do not have a passport, apply immediately.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for admission.
In addition to the requirements previously listed, international students must report a passing score of an English proficiency test and other pertinent information.
· paper-based = 575 internet-based = 88 IELTS = 7.0
Service-learning lies at the heart of this degree program. Students perform 12-20 hours of required volunteer service per week during each of the four semesters.
IPSL students work in a variety of settings and students can choose their own agency (or multiple agencies) according to their interests. IPSL and its international partners assist students in identifying placements and opportunities, and support students actively serving in the field. Some recent volunteer opportunities include:
- International Intergovernmental Organizations (e.g. United Nations)
- International Relief and Development Agencies (e.g. Doctors Without Borders)
- Urban Public Education Service Districts
- Sustainable Development in Coastal Zones
- Refugee Assistance/Education Center
- International Student Services/Study Abroad Offices
- Orphanage for Children Living with HIV/AIDS
- Residential Facility for the Disabled
- GAP Year International Service-Learning Organization
- LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Center
- Arts and Theatre Group Working with Disabled Adults
- Animal Welfare for Homeless Populations
- Residential Facility Assisting/Educating Sex-Workers
- Women’s Reproductive Health Clinics
- Community-Based Clinics in Underserved Regions
- Centers for At-Risk Youth
- Nonprofit Promoting Fair-Trade
What to read about current IPSL IDS students? Visit Voices of IDS webpage. It is run by IPSL graduate students.
Check out profiles of IDS students at this link.
What Alumni Are Doing
Our alumni find rewarding careers in government, higher education, State Department agencies, and non-profit agencies and NGOs addressing the world’s most pressing and challenging problems. IPSL alumni are working as:
· Executive Director, NGO Fighting Human Trafficking (Washington, D.C.)
· Event Coordinator, International Non-Profit (The Hague, Netherlands)
· International Studies Faculty/Program Director, University (Quito, Ecuador)
· Physician (New Orleans, LA)
· Program Manager, International GAP-Year Organization (San Francisco)
· Director of Communications, Disability Advocacy Organization, (Cambodia)
· Grants Manager, International Education Non-Profit (New York, NY)
· Program and Training Officer, Peace Corps (Washington, D.C.)
· Service-Learning Program Director and Faculty, University (St. Louis, MO)
· Founder and Director, HIV/AIDS Prevention NGO (India)
· Program Manager, Non-profit Empowering Women (Minneapolis, MN)
CAREER AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
The IPSL collaborative graduate programs are unique in the nation. As you look to begin your career, your resume and experience will be unique and will help you stand out for career-track positions.
Living and working in another society gives you familiarity with that culture unlike any other experience can provide. You will be engaged with local communities as you study, live and serve overseas. Your global exposure will allow you to become intimate with the places where you live and learn.
DEVELOP YOUR OWN CONTACTS
Your field service and dedication will provide you with devoted friends and colleagues around the world who will take an interest in your future.
Master the gamut of critical thinking from conception to measurement, with theory-to-practice, ethical IRB-approved, publishable research. Your imagination and hard work will benefit vulnerable populations and organizations in need.
Our students make a difference in the world. They do not just see injustice. They do not just sympathize with injustice. They act on injustice. We prepare students with the tools to make a difference in others’ lives.
Have a prosperous career that fulfills your most noble values. You will learn to communicate interculturally, resolve conflict, and bridge societies.
Why IPSL & The College of Mount Saint Vincent?
The IPSL/College of Mount Saint Vincent graduate program in International Development and Service is a collaborative effort between two institutions who share a mission to care for the vulnerable. The founders of IPSL coined the term “service-learning” and IPSL remains a leading joining classroom learning with substantive service. College of Mount Saint Vincent is one of the ten most diverse higher education institutions in the nation. Its mission was established in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity who founded the school on the principle of providing the highest quality education to the neediest in our society.