For those committed to people and place
The Great Plains IDEA Community Development master’s degree or graduate certificate will empower you to lead communities to action and engage citizens in democratic decision-making.
How does the program work?
Our programs are offered completely online, providing flexibility for busy adults who don’t have access or time to attend on-campus classes.
The faculty in the community development program work collaboratively across six partner universities, providing diverse perspectives on the field, which will provide you with unique experiences you couldn’t get when taking classes from just one university.
What is Community Development?
Community development is a progressive field, actively promoting positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change that is sustainable. We encourage people to see the “whole picture”, engaging citizens in democratic decision-making and action.
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Am I right for this program?
This program is perfect for you if you:
- Enjoy working with others to find solutions to local problems.
- Are passionate about working in urban communities, rural areas or with tribal communities.
- Now work with communities and want to enhance your skills, knowledge and credentials.
- Seek to better understand how global issues are tied to specific places in order to better organize others to respond to climate change, health disparities, and economic shifts.
- Are a volunteer in your community and want to be even more effective.
What will I learn in this program?
The Great Plains IDEA Community Development programs will teach you:
- Critical thinking
- Ethical consideration
- Careful planning
- Involvement of all stakeholders
Our electives allow students to pursue subtopics such as land development, housing, community economic strategies immigrants in communities and sustainable communities.
Learn more about the courses taught in this program by visiting the Course Planner.
Degree and certificate titles vary by university. Consult each university for the title as it will appear on the diploma or certificate.