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The Master’s in Sociology - Community Development (online) program at South Dakota State University opens up the opportunity to study with leading educators and researchers representing diverse fields including community and regional planning, architecture, sociology, Native American studies, economics and natural resources. 

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Select your specialty. You will have the opportunity to select a specialized emphasis of study in one of four areas. Each of these study areas has three separate capstone options—a thesis, practicum or additional elective courses.

  • Working with Native Communities
  • Building Economic Capacity
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Non-Profit Management

This Sociology - Community Development (online)  program at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Economics, Human services, or related field
  • Are working in a related field and want to develop connections to other organizations and people committed to successful community change
  • Are interested in the field and want to get a strong foundation to assist you in your career aspirations
  • Are interested in working with communities and organizations to address today’s challenges
  • Have strong writing and communication skills

Career Opportunities

  • Cooperative extension
  • Youth development
  • Housing
  • Community planning
  • Natural resource management
  • Community health and wellness programs
  • Parks and recreation
  • Food systems and community gardening projects
  • Poverty and homelessness programs

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Foundations of Community Development 
  • Organizing for Community Change 
  • Community and Regional Economic Policy and Analysis
  •  Community Natural Resource Management
  • Community Analysis
  • Principles and Strategies of Community Change 

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.




36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Each applicant is required to provide two signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic record as part of the graduate school application process. 
  • In addition, we require that interested applicants submit a writing sample (past term paper or a professional technical report, for example) and a personal statement. 
  • The personal statement should outline the applicant’s academic goals and describe how those goals connect with SDSU faculty expertise and interests.
  • GRE: Not required

Tuition Fee

  • National

    465 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 465 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Sociology - Community Development (online)
South Dakota State University