Akamai University

Community and Economic Development



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy

Format: Online

Program Description:

To address these challenges and other vital community and economic issues confronting the human community, this program prepares the participants in the fundamentals and advanced principles of community and economic development and economic recovery. In an increasingly challenged global environment, governments, NGOs, and the broad array of development organizations need to develop and transform leaders capable of dealing with complexity of issues and move forward in the face of limited resources and manpower. This program delivers the dynamic frameworks that enable government agencies, NGOs and international development organizations, business and corporate entities to engage in the massive undertaking of community and economic development and economic recovery worldwide. Students in the Master of Science in Community and Economic Development complete a minimum of 40 credits above the baccalaureate level including a major project. The coursework requirements include core foundational studies, a major concentration, research preparation, a business practicum, examinations and a research project in community and economic development. The program activities are conducted under world class faculty by mentored distance education. Participants complete the following required program elements: Degree Requirements (40 credits) Core Academic Studies (18 credits) Major Concentrations (9 credits) Research Preparation (3 credits) Comprehensive Review (2 credits) Development Project Proposal (2 credits) Development Project (4 credits) Oral Review of Development Project (2 credits) Participants concentrate their studies and research in one of the following areas of study: Economic Development Economic Recovery Nonprofit Administration Entrepreneurship for Women


Akamai is internationally accredited by the International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL), a member of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA), a recognized network of accrediting bodies in the Philippines. IDEAL is a full institutional member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), an important agency recognized by UNESCO as a regional leader in the developing and serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education. The Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in USA lists APQN as a quality network of accrediting agencies with full validity in accrediting institutions of higher education across the Asia and Pacific Region.

International Student Requirements:

Akamai University is an English language university. All submissions and communications, written or verbal, from students to the faculty or the administration of the University should be in the English language and of scholarly standard. This policy applies to course papers, project reports and other course submissions, student portfolios, comprehensive examinations, final projects, and oral reviews. Applicants must clearly demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English language communication skills according to American collegiate standards. A sample of scholarly or professional writing and a telephone communication with a member of the Akamai University faculty are both required elements of the admission process. International students with English as a second language or if prior college study was with non-English language colleges, applicants are required to submit a record of a recent TOEFL examination with acceptable skill levels.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: MS 40 credits /PhD 5

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 150 USD

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