MA in Community Development
How to apply
Any questions or inquiries regarding entry into the Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) should be addressed to the program's Administrative Assistant.
To be eligible for admission the minimum requirements are:
a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent from another country) from an accredited and recognized institution in a relevant field of study
a grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the work of the last two years (30 units) leading to this baccalaureate degree
a minimum of four years of professional experience, paid or volunteer, in one of the four streams of the broader community development sector (community economic development, cooperative, non-profit, and international )
admission as a mature student - four years after completion of a baccalaureate degree, applicants whose grade point average is below 5.0 (B) may be admitted as mature students, provided they have four years relevant professional experience since completion of their degree. Submission of a resume is required to determine eligibility as a mature student. Such recommendations must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Domestic Applicants Application Deadline: December 1
Applicants to the MACD program must submit application documents electronically. Instructions for submitting documents are provided via the Graduate Admissions and Records page.
To submit an application:
- Complete the online application form.
- Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two academic references or three professional references who are familiar with your work. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application.
- Submit official academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. Official transcripts are those which are received directly from the post secondary institution OR are received in the institution's sealed, stamped envelope.
Submit a detailed resume/CV of background information, professional or other relevant experience.
- Submit a 750-1000 word statement of intent outlining why you are seeking an MA in Community Development and how the degree relates to your career plans, personal values and goals.
- Submit other evidence of suitability for admission that you feel is relevant (e.g., academic records from non-degree courses).
International Applicants Application Deadline September 15
In addition to the information provided above, to submit an application:
- view and follow the Graduate Admissions and Records Office Information for International Applicants
- Applicants for admission whose first language is not English and who have not resided in Canada or any country where English is an official language of the country (as determined by the Graduate Admissions and Records Office) for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to the beginning of the session applied for must demonstrate competency in English. Most applicants qualify by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL is 610 on the paper-based test and 102 on the Internet-based test. Applicants who do not possess a Canadian undergraduate degree will be required to write and submit official results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
Accepting an Offer of Admission
Upon receiving a written offer of admission from the School of Public Administration, applicants accepted to the MACD program are required to pay a confirmation deposit of CAD $400; instructions for submitting this deposit, including timelines, are contained in the offer letter.