Temple University’s Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication (GDC) is a one year program covering the goals, issues and practices of development communication.  While the GDC program includes training in research skills and theory, it emphasizes effective action and involves a practicum capstone experience.  It tailors academic training to the needs of practitioners, policy makers and project managers working in the development sector.  The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required to address challenges in areas such as public health, environmental sustainability, human rights and others.  The GDC program is part of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication located in Philadelphia – the U.S.’s fifth-largest city, well-positioned between New York and Washington, D.C.  (See http://smc.temple.edu/gdc.)

Temple University's School of Media and Communication (SMC) ranks among the largest, most comprehensive schools of communication in the country, and is considered the Philadelphia region's leading provider of media employees.  The school enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and employs 56 full-time faculty.  The mission of SMC is to provide leadership in advancing the role of communication in public life.  The mission is pursued through the training of students for leadership careers in communication and media, through advancing research and creative activity in these fields and through serving the public need for free and open communication.