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Community Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, in cooperation with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, offers a master's degree in Community Development.

About

The degree is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, online program in conjunction with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Other institutions participating in this program include Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and South Dakota State University.

The primary audience for this program is community economic development officials and specialists already employed in the field.

The program requires a total of 36 credit hours, including 16 credits (six courses) of core courses, 15 credits in two of the four track areas, and up to six credits of thesis. The four track areas include Building Economic Capacity, Natural Resource Management, Working with Native Communities, and Non-profit Leadership.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Community Development Orientation
  • Principles and Strategies of Community Change
  • Community Development: Organizing for Community Change
  • Community Analysis: Introduction to Methods
  • Community and Regional Economic Policy and Analysis
  • Community Natural Resource Management

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 24 months
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:

            71

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          • Minimum required score:

            6

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          Academic Requirements

          General Requirements

          A total of 36 credits are required for the master's degree program. Students will write a thesis or complete a creative component (Plan B) to capstone the degree program, which will be worth six credit hours. The student's schedule of courses must be approved by the faculty adviser and the campus coordinator. Students may select either a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) option. The M.A. option requirement normally includes two (2) years of a foreign language. This requirement can be satisfied with undergraduate courses and/or a proficiency examination.

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            631 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • National

            541 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
          • In-State

            361 USD/credit
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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          Living costs for Fargo

          • 870 - 1260 USD/month
            Living Costs

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