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Community Development, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Sioux Center, IA, United States
Communities flourish when people have opportunities to identify their gifts, develop them, and put them to use in God's kingdom. That's the starting point for the community development major at Dordt College.

Overview

Community development is usually associated with helping people in need, and many Christians want to help those who are hungry or suffering. But even though alleviating hunger and providing housing are urgent needs, they are best addressed by considering the big picture. Otherwise helping has the potential to be more hurtful than helpful.

Dordt's major takes an interdisciplinary perspective that focuses on systems. Few colleges offer this kind of multidisciplinary community development major. As a student in our program, you will take a set of foundational courses that introduce you to the principles and practices of community development. You'll then develop expertise in a specific area by selecting from among several areas of specialization. You will learn from guest speakers, interact directly and electronically with community development professionals, discuss videos and articles on topics and issues in the field, and work with organizations.

Community development efforts can be domestic or international, rural or urban. Small towns and large metropolitan cities in both the United States and around the globe have needs that can best be solved by a holistic understanding of how communities work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

For more information visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.25

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.25 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

    • Complete an application: Completing an application is free for all international applicants. 
    • ACT or SAT Scores: All students must submit official copies of their scores on either the ACT or SAT in order to be approved for admission to Dordt College. 
    • Transcripts of high school or university coursework: Dordt College requires the submission of official English transcripts of all high school (grades 9-12) and prior university coursework. 
    • Statement of faith and essay
    • International students may also be interviewed or asked to submit a brief (350 to 500) word essay about their faith background and why they are interested in studying within the Christian setting at Dordt College.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30000 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sioux Center

  • 1188 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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