University of Nebraska - Lincoln

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Community Development, Master's



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Applied Science, Specialization in Community Development

Format: Online

Program Description:

The specialization in Community Development is available through the Master of Applied Science degree program. Community Developers work toward positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change by engaging citizens in the decision making process. The program explores a wide range of community development perspectives and equips you with the tools and educational experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions.

As an interdisciplinary degree the Master of Applied Science program is not housed within an individual department. it is administered by a faculty committee selected from many departments. Since this is a college-wide degree program, there is wide latitude in the selection of areas of study. An individual curriculum is designed for each student with the goal of best fitting the student's educational objective(s). The student, advisor, and supervisory committee jointly establish this curriculum.

The courses in the program are designed to teach critical and creative thinking, ethical consideration, and the value of careful planning and involvement of all stakeholders.

Who Should Consider This Program?

•Professionals with backgrounds in Community and Regional Planning, Sociology, Economics, Political science, and Geography

•Employees working in Local Planning Departments, Community Economic Development Organizations, Housing Agencies, Parks & Recreation Offices, Tribal Programs, and Non-Profit Organizations focusing on Community Enhancement

•Cooperative Extension Service Professionals

The Master of Applied Science degree program requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate course work:

•At least 18 credit hours in an area of concentration (may be interdisciplinary), including a Degree Project

•At least 9 credit hours must be completed in a secondary area of emphasis for breadth to maximize flexibility, there are no core courses required

•A 3 to 6 credit hour Degree Project is required

•A comprehensive examination, either written and/or oral; the successful completion of the Degree Project, including examination by the Examining and Advisory Committee, may serve in lieu of a written comprehensive examination

•The final examination over the Degree Project and program of study is oral

•Where appropriate, a professional competency or certification exam may be required as part of the final examination

•Not less than 50% of the course work, excluding Degree Project, of the minimum number of graduate credits required must be University of Nebraska–Lincoln credit


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Chartered in 1869, UNL is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the "Research Universities (very high research activity)" category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). UNL celebrated the 140th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2009.

International Student Requirements:

If your native language is not English, demonstrate your English proficiency by providing at least one of the following: Paper-based TOEFL score of at least 550 Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 79

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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