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Community Development (MACD)

This program will develop your capacity as a leader in civil society and social economy. You'll gain skills and knowledge that will be applicable to careers around the world. You'll learn how to apply these skills to social change and social justice. You'll finish your degree with a research project or thesis that is applicable in the field of community development.

Our online distributed program is perfect for working professionals. Your original research project or thesis will be supervised by a faculty member. You'll defend it in an oral examination.

The program is delivered through online courses with on-campus summer residencies of 1-2 weeks in each of the first three years. You'll start in May and take courses year-round.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
7 academic terms Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Part-time study
Program delivery:
Blended, Other: Combination of online courses and on-campus residencies
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


The MACD program's unique focus on the application of learning outcomes means that you will graduate:

  • with a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the historical and political underpinnings, key concepts and spheres of practice embedded in the social economy and civil society
  • equipped to lead transformative change efforts
  • able to build and manage effective projects, organizations, enterprises and networks
  • able to demonstrate initiative, leadership and originality in identifying challenges and opportunities for organizations and the broader social economy
  • able to understand key global trends, challenges, threats and opportunities communities face and strategies to address them
  • able to engage in a community-based approach to social change and social justice

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You are not required to find a supervisor before applying to this program.

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