Community - Engaged Education and Social Change, M.A. | Claremont Graduate University (CGU) | Claremont, United States
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Community - Engaged Education and Social Change

11 months
1980 USD/credit 63360 USD/full
1980 USD/credit 63360 USD/full
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Community - Engaged Education and Social Change from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) bridges the divide between academia (PK–16) and activism by exploring how schools and communities can partner with one another for mutual benefit. 


The Master of Arts program in Community - Engaged Education and Social Change from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) trains educators who understand the critical intersections across learning, teaching, and local community.

Designed for students interested in nonprofit, educational, and public-service careers, this experiential degree program allows you to participate in community-campus partnerships to exercise alternative and critical pedagogies. The program’s unique curriculum offers opportunities for important self-reflection and newfound awareness of local knowledge, assets, and alternative education projects. The program also examines current scholarship on the process of community-building and social change through texts, guest speakers, and community internships.

Program Highlights

  • One of the only Education master’s programs in Southern California that addresses civic engagement, social change, and activism.
  • You will work with the director of the program to tailor your program emphasis around your unique interests and goals. Students have used the program to focus on various interests, including women’s health, LGBTQ+ rights, youth mentorship, refugee resettlement, and undocumented students.
  • At the end of the program, you will engage in a hands-on practicum experience.
  • Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations that promote and support relationships between the community and formal/non-formal educational entities.
  • Available to undergraduate students at the Claremont Colleges, the program’s Accelerated Degree option saves students time and money by letting undergraduates take courses applicable to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Community-based Participatory Research: Focus on Transformative Movement Organizing
  • Community Partnerships & Relationships for Social Change
  • Current & Critical Issues in Schools and Communities: A Capstone Course
  • Critical & Asset-based Theoretical Frameworks
  • Prison Education: Community-Based Education & Social Change
  • Race & Racism in Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH
  • 32 units or Accelerated Program: 12 units (Claremont Colleges) and 20 units (CGU)


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit GRE scores for consideration.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
    • $80 Application fee
    • Official transcripts (undergraduate/graduate)
    • Resume
    • English proficiency exam (international applicants only)
    • Copy of Passport
    • Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Financial Statement or Proof
    • Statement of purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    63360 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 11 months.
  • National

    63360 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1980 USD per credit during 11 months.

Living costs for Claremont

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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