University of Victoria - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Community Development

University of Victoria - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Graduate Studies
Degree:Master; Distance
Field of Study:Community Organization and Advocacy
Development Economics and International Development
Family and Community Services
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,940
Careers:Managers in Social, Community and Correctional ServicesCommunity and Social Service Workers


Designed with working professionals in mind, the Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) will build and develop your capacity to become a successful leader in the civil society and social economy, whether you work or volunteer in non-profit, co-operative, or community economic development organizations either locally or internationally. Throughout the program, you will apply new skills and knowledge to an ongoing research project for a client in the community development sector.

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 their organizations and the broader social economy; able to understand key global trends, challenges, threats, and opportunities communities face and strategies to address them; and able to engage in a community-based approach to social change and social justice.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Candidates will have a minimum of B average in a bachelor's degree in any discipline. They must also have a minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, in the community development sector.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)
    Application Notes : A writing sample is required.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 18, 2022