Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

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Community Economic Development (GrDip)

Concordia University - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Science
Field of Study:Community Organization and Advocacy
Development Economics and International Development
Course Based:Yes
Length:1 Year(s)


The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development is for students who want to contribute to social justice and civic engagement, at a time when complex, large-scale challenges are affecting societies around the world. You will explore the evolution of community economic development, community organizing and different theories of economic change. Today this includes the growing interest in social innovation and how it generates uncharted paths for community-based social and economic transformation. Our faculty members are actively involved in the community and social economy sector, allowing you to benefit from their scholarship and practical knowledge.

Our diverse student body is comprised of community sector workers and students with experience in a variety of organizations. Montreal’s history of community-based activism and economic development will serve as a backdrop as you take part in field projects with various local organizations.
If you do not have an undergraduate degree, admission to the program is still possible if you have relevant field experience.This one-year program is offered in English beginning in the fall of even-numbered years and in French beginning in the Fall of odd-numbered years.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.70.
  • Two-to-four page personal statement outlining the applicant’s field(s) of interest, strengths and weaknesses, expectations and hopes from their studies, how these expectations tie into their personal and professional goals, and what they expect to contribute to a better understanding of community economic development.
  • Ability to read, write and express oneself in either English or French.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
  • * 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 February 17, 2023

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