Community Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
Designed with working professionals in mind, the Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) will build and develop your capacity to become a successful leader in the civil society and social economy, whether you work or volunteer in non-profit, co-operative or community economic development organizations either locally or internationally. 


Throughout the program, you will apply new skills and knowledge to an ongoing research project for a client in the community development sector.

The 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 their 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.

The program has been developed in collaboration with practitioners from the community with experience in leading community-based organizations. As a student in the program, you will build skills and knowledge by: developing perspective on the broad challenges and trends; understanding how organizations and communities work; and building personal leaderships skills to work with diverse teams, organizations and networks.

In taking the MACD program, you will:

  • interact with a variety of students from various organizations within the community sectors as well as public and private ones;
  • be facilitated by instructors drawn from the university and community-based organizations;
  • engage in coursework with a mix of theory, models and methodologies;
  • develop practical problem-solving skills and knowledge as they relate to leadership, management, and economic and social change;
  • learn through a blended curriculum with face-to-face and online discussions and material; and
  • address the strategic challenges in your organizations and communities by providing practical advice and solutions throughout the program.

In addition to course-based projects, you will also have the opportunity to apply new skills and knowledge to an ongoing significant research project involving current challenges facing a community-based organization. This Master's Project involves a report and presentation to the client organization.

The MACD program addresses distinct approaches to community leadership and change. Each approach seeks to create social and economic change and relies on diverse resources and partnerships that are rooted in values of empowerment, cooperation and inclusion.

The program is delivered in collaboration with practitioners and scholars from across the University of Victoria, including the Faculties of Human and Social Development, Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education, as well as research units such as the Office of Community-Based Research, and the Centre for Cooperative and Community Based Economy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Anchoring a Change Agenda: Foundations
  • Leadership in Organizational Development for Communities
  • Practices and Perspectives on Forging Change
  • Community Based Research: Foundations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score:
Recommended score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission Requirements
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Assessment reports are required from a minimum of two referees. 
  • Submit official academic transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended. 
  • Submit a detailed résumé/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). 

      Tuition Fee

      • International Applies to you

        7200 CAD/year
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        Based on the original amount of 7200 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • National Applies to you

        6298 CAD/year
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        Based on the original amount of 6298 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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