• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Community Development and Action programme offered by Roosevelt University is designed as an interdisciplinary, mission-driven 36 credit hour, professional program that weaves together theoretical knowledge from sociology, urban studies and community development; qualitative, quantitative and evaluation research skills; and practical fieldwork in neighborhoods across Chicagoland. 


The Community Development and Action programme offered by Roosevelt University combines theoretical, methodological and hands-on experiences to prepare graduates of the program with a range of careers options in the community development sector/industry, many with internal career ladders, including social and community service managers; community development directors; program evaluation managers; professional organizers; community relations specialists; local, state and federal administrators; and non-profit community organization directors.

The MACDA focuses on development as a process (i.e., developing the ability to act collectively) and as an outcome (i.e., taking collective action that results in community improvement, particularly as it relates to reinventing social, cultural, political and economic institutions).

Students will also have opportunities for experiential learning, internships and fieldwork. This value-added approach increases students' career readiness.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Community Organizing
  • Urban Inequality & Social Justice
  • Social Movements
  • Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • Urban Policy Issues
  • Race & the City
  • Sociology of Mental Illness & Health
  • Social Change
  • Latino Urban Experience

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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

  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted
  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals 
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 should submit a resume/curriculum vitae to include record of community activism and two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20153 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20153 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    20153 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20153 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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