M.A. Blended

Community and Economic Development

12 months
11250 USD/year
9238 USD/year
9238 USD/year
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The Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development (CED) at Western Illinois University provides current and aspiring professionals with the latest tools and skills in the areas of Community Development, Economic Development, Marketing and Data Analysis. 


Designed for the working professional

Delivered in a hybrid format, with course content delivered primarily online with occasional face-to-face meetings at WIU’s Quad Cities campus in Moline. The hybrid delivery provides the best of both worlds — the interaction and personal attention of face-to-face class meetings and the flexibility of online learning. Students who enroll full-time can complete their degree in 17 months while continuing to work full-time.

Provides practical, applied knowledge and skills

Focus is on content that can be readily applied in your community. Courses taught by faculty and staff with extensive on-the-ground experience working with local communities on development issues. Furthermore, the program draws on the expertise of practitioners and thought leaders in the development field as adjunct and guest faculty.

Offered by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

This professional Community and Economic Development degree program at Western Illinois University is being offered by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), a unique WIU department with more than 25 years of experience engaging with communities in outreach programs.

IIRA operates several award winning programs including MAPPING the Future (a strategic visioning program), the Peace Corps Fellows programs (an internship program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers), and the Midwest Community Development Institute (a training program for community and economic development professionals).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Community Development
  • Leadership and Decision-Making in Community Development
  • Advanced Economic Development Practice
  • Advanced Community Development Theory and Practice
  • Fundamentals of GIS Analysis
  • Skills in Community Development
  • Seminars in Cultural Geography
  • Sustainability and Community Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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    • National students - applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. 
  • Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11250 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9238 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9238 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Moline

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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