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Community Development, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Experience an intensive, self-directed and engaging program which combines study and professional work in community development. You will benefit from the small-school advantage, where you will work closely with our faculty members who will mentor you in your development of research and professional community engagement skills.


Acadia's Master of Community Development program is a small, innovative, and interdisciplinary two-year program with an emphasis on sustainability. In this program, you will primarily be working closely with your supervisor on your research and thesis, but will also take additional courses to supplement your research and expand your knowledge in the discipline. You will also gain real-life experience through a professional or teaching practicum that is an integral part of the program.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, are seeking a challenging program, and have a strong interest in one of the research areas of our department, we encourage you to apply.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Community Development Seminar
  • Research Methods
  • Community Development Practicum
  • Applied Community Development

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants must possess an Honours degree, or a four year Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an approved university. Candidates must have at least a B average in the courses taken in the major in the last two undergraduate years.
  • Quality of academic record, and professional work performance (if relevant)
  • Ability and interest in working independently in a small research-oriented/advanced professional practice program
  • A match in interests and projects between a faculty supervisor and student

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17532 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17532 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8624 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8624 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    7341 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7341 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Halifax

  • 1235 - 1960 CAD/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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