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Career-Focused Curriculum

Our program was developed with your training needs and career in mind.

We developed the M.A. in HDL curriculum around a series of competencies we identified by interviewing and surveying employers, academics, managers, and frontline staff with numerous Christian relief and development organizations. Our program objectives are based on these leaders’ recommendations for what it takes to adapt to changing priorities and to advance in the humanitarian and disaster sectors.

Curriculum Competency Matrix

CompetencySatisfying Requirements:

Faith and Integration - Equip with a theological foundation that will foster personal faith and ability to integrate faith vocationally in service of others.

  • Courses:
    • BITH/Theology
    • Faith and learning issues are integrated across all courses
  • Mentoring and advising 

Cultural Competence - Provide culture-specific knowledge and experience and a broad understanding and appreciation of culture. 

  • Courses:
    • Field Operations 
    • Intercultural competence principles
      are intergrated across various courses
  • HDI field projects 

Community Development - Enhance theoretical and participatory understanding of community development best practices.

  • Courses: 
    • Transformational Development 
    • Foundations of Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Relevant humanitarian, disaster, and development conferences 

Technical Skill Area - Develop a technical expertise or skillset that adds organizational value or addresses a major humanitarian challenge.

  • Courses:
    • Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma Intervention 
    • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning 
    • Refugee and Forced Migration Issues 
    • Anti-Human Trafficking and Gender-based Violence 

Career Preparation - Prepare HDP for the realities and challenges of humanitarian and disaster work.

  • Courses:
    • Vocational and Professional Development I and II
    • Field Operations
  • HDI research and field projects

Resource Development - Equipped to acquire and develop external resources in support of programs and services.

  • Courses:
    • NGO Leadership 
    • Disaster Management
  • HDI research and field projects

Ethics - Navigate ethical issues related to cross-culture work, faith, and professional standards.

  • Courses:
    • Foundations of Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance 
    • Disasters, Crisis, and Trauma
    • Transformational Development 

Project & People Management - Manage projects and programs, including skills in: accounting, project planning, contract oversight, and monitoring and evaluation. Lead with interpersonal skills necessary for managing individuals and teams through supervision, coaching, and teamwork.

  • Courses:
    • Field Operations 
    • NGO Leadership 
    • Humanitarian Assistance
    • Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation

Disaster Response - Provide HDP with disaster competencies capable of the relief and development spectrum, risk reduction strategies, logistics, and disaster preparation and mitigation.

  • Courses:
    • Foundations of Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance 
    • Disaster Management 
    • Humanitarian Assistance 
    • Field Operations

Public Policy and Regulation - Able to understand local policies and regulations, as well as the bi-directional impact of programs upon policy and the impact of policy and regulations upon programs.

  • Courses:
    • Foundations of Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance 
    • Transformational Development
    • Refugee and Forced Migration Issues