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Kinesiology and Recreation - Applied Community and Economic Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1139 (BCR) , IL,
The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) sequence is an interdisciplinary program that enables those who are passionate about social change through service to take their careers to the next level. 


The sequence is designed for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and students with other development experiences (e.g., AmeriCorps, nonprofit work). The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development coordinates these programs for Fellows, who spend an intense year on campus followed by 11-month paid professional practice. ACED sequence students have a graduate assistantship in the fall and spring semesters on campus prior to field work. Students pursuing this sequence receive a solid and relevant educational opportunity to pursue careers in community and economic development in the United States and around the world.

Programme Structure

The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) sequence is for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and students with equivalent domestic or international experience with other agencies while this sequence requires 33 hour.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of their undergraduate coursework or 9+ hours of coursework in a master's program.
  • have successfully completed an undergraduate economics class. Students who do not meet this requirement may still be admitted into the program, but they will be expected to take this course prior to beginning graduate study.
  • submit official GRE scores
  • upload into the online application system a current resume.
  • upload into the online application system a two-page statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17290 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Normal

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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