Community Development and Action, MA
Offered in: Chicago
The Master of Arts in Community Development & Action (MACDA) is an interdisciplinary, mission-driven 36 credit hour, professional program that weaves together theoretical knowledge from sociology, urban studies, and community development; qualitative, quantitative, and evaluation research skills, and practical fieldwork in neighborhoods across Chicagoland. The MACDA focuses on development as a process (i.e., developing the ability to act collectively) and as an outcome (i.e., taking collective action that results in community improvement, particularly as it relates to reinventing social, cultural, political, and economic institutions.)
The MACDA is offered at Roosevelt University’s historic campus in downtown Chicago, where students from local neighborhoods and from around the globe come together to share their vision for local development and global change. Roosevelt’s location also provides students with access to internships with urban developers, community organizations, government and non-profit organizations, and social and human service agencies. Our students graduate with a “we will change the world together” attitude and the marketable skills necessary for careers that make a difference.
This program is designed to allow students flexibility in scheduling classes. Students may choose to pursue the program full-time or part-time, according to their needs. Convenient course formats include hybrid on-campus/online classes as well as evening classes with the option of live remote attendance.
The coursework for the MA is Community Development and Action is based at Roosevelt University's Chicago campus. These are the guidelines for admission to the program:
1. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are admitted based on previous academic performance.
2. Applicants submit a one-two page admission essay explaining the applicant's desire to pursue graduate work in Community Development.
Important: Applicants not meeting the above requirements will be considered for admission if they submit a detailed work history, record of community activism, and letters of reference or with the approval of the graduate program director. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.
To earn the MA in Community Development and Action, students must complete 36 credit hours of course work. The MACDA program requires eight core courses (i.e., 7 courses each three credit hours and 1 required capstone six credit hour course, totaling 27 credit hours) and three electives (i.e., 9 credit hours) totaling 36 credit hours to complete the program.
Coursework must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and include the capstone project. Students must consult with program faculty before initiating the capstone project.
Up to six semester hours of transfer credit may be counted upon approval by the program faculty, providing these credits are in compliance with University requirements. With approval from the program faculty, up to six semester hours in related disciplines may be included.
|I. Theoretical Foundations||12|
|INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT|
|SOCIAL POLICIES, WELFARE THEORIES, AND COMMUNITIES|
|THEORIES OF URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN|
|COMMUNITY & REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT|
|II. Skill Development||9|
|QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS|
|APPLIED SOCIAL STATISTICS|
|(See Advisor for Other Special Topics)|
|IV. Electives-3 Electives Required||9|
|DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGY|
|SEMINAR IN SOCIAL THEORY|
|RACE & THE CITY|
|LATINO URBAN EXPERIENCE|
|THE SOCIOLOGY OF INEQUALITY|
|EDUCATION AND SOCIETY|
|RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS|
|SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH/ILLNESS|
|URBAN INEQUALITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE|
|EXPERIENTIAL RESEARCH AND LEARNING|