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Community Development, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

At Community Development from Dordt College you’ll learn about poverty alleviation—how to help others in a way that’s helpful and not hurtful. Throughout your coursework, you’ll learn about environmental stewardship, creation care, and the effect of current events on the world. Your studies and interactions with faculty will teach you how to build stronger and more resilient communities.

Careers

By majoring in community development, you will have a variety of career opportunities including community education, public services, and social services.

Dordt’s community development program will give you a holistic understanding of how communities work that you will use in your career, whether in a small town or large metropolitan city. You will be prepared for jobs like park manager, community planner, community development director, and more.

Our graduates have worked for businesses like Miller Orchards in Amherst, Ohio; they have also interned for places like the Kansas City Fellowship in Kansas City, Missouri.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Belief systems and culture
  • Business and economics
  • Communication and digital media production
  • Community education
  • Facilities and infrastructure
  • Food systems
  • Natural resources and the environment
  • Public and environmental health
  • Politics and social policy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale is required of all students for admission.
  • English-language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32820 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32820 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sioux Center

  • 1188 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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