M.S. in International Development and Service Application Checklist and Timeline

This master’s program is designed to prepare you to lead global non-profits, community development organizations, and other service-based institutions. Interdisciplinary in nature, the program, in collaboration with IPSL (formerly the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership), integrates learning with substantial, hands-on volunteer service experience in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Students who choose the concurrent degree option will earn a second master’s degree by completing 24 to 27 additional credits through the College’s graduate program in business. The M.B.A. program is distinctive and exclusive in higher education due to its focus on teaching management skills for under-resourced organizations. It is specifically designed to complement the curriculum of the M.S. I.D.S. Program, which will equip students with the skills they need to manage non-profits and serve the needs of vulnerable populations.

We offer the following programs:

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1

Admission Requirements – M.S. in International Development and Service

Complete an Application
Submit your application

Please send us your official transcripts in sealed envelopes, from each college or university you have attended. All credentials from foreign institutions require a World Education Services (WES) evaluation.

The recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.0, but students below this GPA have the opportunity to justify a waiver.

Two Letters of Recommendation 
Two (2) letters of recommendation—one professional and one academic preferred.

References and transcripts can be sent separately or as part of the complete application. Both references and transcripts should be sent in envelopes sealed by the individual issuing the reference or the college issuing the official transcript. Copies and open envelopes are unofficial documents and will not be accepted.

All applicants will need to conduct an admissions interview with the program coordinator.

Personal Experience Essay
Please see application for guidelines.

International Students
In addition to the requirements previously listed, international students must report a passing score of an English proficiency test and other pertinent forms:

  • TOEFL computer-based: 213
  • TOEFL paper-based: 575
  • TOEFL internet-based: 89
  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

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.

Application Fee
There is a $75 application fee, waived for AmeriCorps alumni.

Once the IPSL online application is submitted, candidates are contacted to schedule an interview with the review committee.

Additional Requirements – Concurrent Degree in M.S. in International Development and Service and M.B.A.

To be considered for the concurrent degree applicants must additionally submit:

  • Online application (M.B.A.)
  • Current Resume
  • Submit an essay on why you would like to pursue an M.B.A.

Please note: To be admitted to the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s M.B.A. program, international applicants must meet Mount Saint Vincent’s language criteria for acceptance with a TOEFL score of 80 or better or an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, and a GMAT score of 530 or better.

Tuition, Fees, and Housing

For tuition and fees, please visit the Graduate | Adult Tuition and Fees page.

The program fee is all inclusive, covering tuition and college based fees. Additionally, the fee is guaranteed not to increase for students throughout the 2 years of the program.

  • Program Fee covers:
    • Up to 40 credits of coursework
    • Orientation and professional development workshops
    • Visa guidance
    • Service learning placements
    • Room and partial board overseas
    • Health insurance overseas
    • Excursions for semesters abroad
  • Program Fee does not cover:
    • Airfare to international destinations
    • Room and board in New York
    • Health Insurance in NY
    • Couse materials
    • Visa and passport costs
    • Personal spending money

Students receive a room and partial board during their two overseas semesters. Living arrangements overseas include homestays, dorm stays, and private apartments, depending on the location. In New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers graduate housing options at low market rate for NYC. Please inquire to learn more. Students are responsible for room and board costs in NYC.

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