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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

Competency Satisfying Requirements:

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

  • BITH/Theology course
  • Faith and learning issues will also be integrated across all courses
  • Mentoring and advising

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

  • Intercultural Communication course
  • Field Work course
  • Field Operations course

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

  • Transformational Development course
  • Foundations of Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance course
  • Participate in HDI Disaster Ministry Conference

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

  • Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma Intervention course
  • Global Public Health course
  • Refugee and Forced Migration Issues courses

Field Experience - Prepare HDP for the realities and challenges of humanitarian and disaster work.

  • Field Operations course
  • Field Work or Special Project courses
  • Support HDI field projects

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

  • NGO Leadership course
  • Preparedness, Planning, Mitigation, & Continuity Management course
  • Supporting HDI research and field projects

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

  • Foundations of Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance course
  • Disasters, Crisis, & Trauma course
  • Transformational Development course

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.

  • Field Operations course
  • NGO Leadership course
  • Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance course
  • Field Work or Special Project courses

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

  • Foundations of Disaster & Humanitarian Action course
  • Preparedness, Planning, Mitigation, & Continuity Management course
  • Organizing Emergency Humanitarian Assistance course
  • Field Work course
  • Field Operations course

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.

  • Foundations of Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance course
  • Transformational Development course
  • Refugee and Forced Migration Issues course