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Saint Mary's Online Master of Arts in International Development

Earning your Master of Arts in International Development will activate the passion you already bring to your work in helping others. As we evaluate your application, we're looking for that special background, experience, or spark for service that has inspired you to bring your talents to Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in International Development program. That's why we ask for more than a GPA and transcripts.

Find the full list of requirements below. Let us know if you need more information, or apply now to take the next step toward your future career.

M.A. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADMISSION CRITERIA

M.A. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADMISSION DETAILS

GENERAL M.A. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS

Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in International Development program requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the Master of Arts in International Development program director.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK AND EXPERIENCE

No prerequisite coursework is required for the online Master of Arts in International Development other than the general requirements listed above. A background in international development is not a prerequisite to joining this program. You don't need prior work experience or a related bachelor's degree to be accepted.

GMAT AND GRE SCORES

GMAT and GRE scores not required.

TRANSFER CREDITS

You can transfer a maximum of six credits you've earned before admittance to Saint Mary's.

Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.

Work experience is not accepted as credit for this program.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.

Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to info@onlineprograms.smumn.edu or mailed to:

    Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
    Online Processing Center
    1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 800
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
     

  • A written statement: A career in international development is often the result of a personal commitment to making a lasting positive impact on the world. The written statement should include your own path to helping others, any related background experience or education, personal strengths, and future career ambitions that may help us evaluate your application.
  • Two letters of reference or recommendation: Letters should speak to your academic ability and professional or volunteer experience, and how it relates to your interest in international development.
  • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in International Development program:

  • December 20, 2019
  • April 17, 2020
  • August 14, 2020

START DATES

Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in International Development program:

  • January 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020
  • August 31, 2020

NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE

Once you've submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have further questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.