Community Development

University of Victoria

M.A. Blended
24 months
8531 CAD/year
6890 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Community Development program of University of Victoria, British Columbia  was designed with working professionals in mind.


The Community Development program of University of Victoria, British Columbia will build and develop student's capacity to become successful leaders in the civil society and social economy, whether they work or volunteer in the non-profit sector either locally or internationally.

Program outcomes

The program's unique focus on the application of learning outcomes means that you will graduate:

  • with a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the historical and political underpinnings, key concepts, and spheres of practice embedded in the social economy and civil society.
  • equipped to lead transformative change efforts.
  • able to build and manage effective projects, organizations, enterprises and networks.
  • able to demonstrate initiative, leadership, and originality in identifying challenges and opportunities for organizations and the broader social economy.
  • able to understand key global trends, challenges, threats and opportunities communities face and strategies to address them.
  • able to engage in a community-based approach to social change and social justice.

In taking the MACD program, you will:

  • interact with a variety of students from various organizations within the community sectors as well as public and private ones;
  • be facilitated by instructors drawn from the university and community-based organizations;
  • engage in coursework with a mix of theory, models and methodologies;
  • develop practical problem-solving skills and knowledge as they relate to leadership, management, and economic and social change;
  • learn through a blended curriculum with face-to-face and online discussions and material; and
  • address the strategic challenges in your organizations and communities by providing practical advice and solutions throughout the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anchoring a Change Agenda: Foundations
  • Practices and Perspectives on Forging Change
  • Community-Based Research: Foundations
  • Enterprise Development for Community Benefit
  • Developing Capacities to Lead and Manage in the Non-Profit Sector
  • Leadership, Management and Governance within Organizations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent from another country) from an accredited and recognized institution in a relevant field of study
  • A grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the work of the last two years (30 units) leading to this baccalaureate degree
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, in one of the four streams of the broader community development sector (community economic development, cooperative, non-profit, and international)
  • Submission of a résumé is required to determine eligibility as a mature student.
  • English language proficiency tests

Work experience

They must also have a minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, in the community development sector. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8531 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8531 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6890 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6890 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Community Development
University of Victoria


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