North Dakota State University

Community Development



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Emergency Management, in cooperation with the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, offer a master's degree in Community Development. The degree is a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, online program in conjunction with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Other institutions participating in this program include Iowa State University, Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and South Dakota State University. The primary audience for this program is community economic development officials and specialists already employed in the field. The program requires a total of 36 credits, including 16 credits (six courses) of core, 15 credits in two of the four track areas, and up to six credits of thesis. The four track areas include Building Economic Capacity, Natural Resource Management, Working with Native Communities, and Non-profit Leadership. The objectives of the Community Development graduate degree program are to increase the skills, knowledge, and competencies of community economic development officials who are currently employed and have limited opportunity to participate in an on-campus degree program; provide graduate training for individuals entering the community economic development career field who require training/degrees for career advancement; and enhance the community economic development skills, knowledge, and competencies of individuals working with Native American communities, natural resource-based communities, non-profit organizations, and/or state and local government. A total of 36 credits are required for the master's degree program. Students will write a thesis or complete a creative component worth six credits to capstone the degree program. The student's schedule of courses must be approved by the Faculty Advisor and the Campus Coordinator. Students may select either a Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) option. The M.A. option requirement typically includes two years of a foreign language. This requirement can be satisfied with undergraduate courses and/or a proficiency examination. Students will be required to take all of the six core courses and an additional 15 credits selected from at least two tracks. The four tracks from which students may choose are: Building Economic Capacity, Natural Resource Management, Working with Native Communities, and Non-profit Leadership.


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International Student Requirements:

TOEFL ibT 71 or IELTS 6; International applications are due May 1 for fall and August 1 for spring

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $352.87 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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