Master of Science in Community and Economic Development

The Department of Geography is home of the Masters of Science in Community and Economic Development (MSCED) degree program. The department is anxious to serve all current and potential students in this program. Please contact us for more information or with questions, concerns, etc.

MSCED Program Mission Statement

Program Overview

The purpose of the Master of Science in Community and Economic Development (MSCED) is to provide both experienced practitioners and new students with a comprehensive understanding of the theory and applications of state-of-the-art community and economic development tools and methods. Graduates will be prepared to act as catalysts for growth and change through a community development process.

Admission Requirements and Process

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Satisfactory score on the GRE
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7
  • Minimum TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper version or 213 on the computer version (international students only)
  • Two letters of recommendation sent to the program Director.
  • Resume
  • The fist step in the process is to apply for admission to the Graduate School. The application form can be found online on the Graduate School website (see link below). If accepted, your admission letter will provide you with a user name and password, which you will use to enroll in courses. Prior to enrolling, you should contact Dr. Michael Yoder. He will be your academic advisor. His contact information can be found below. Once you have enrolled in courses, you should then contact the course professor(s) for detailed information about the course(s).

Program Features

  • Two 36 credit hour program options: a General Degree Option which includes a 24-credit hour core, 9-credit hours of electives, and a 3-credit hour internship; and a 36-credit Planning Concentration Option which includes a 30-credit hour core and 6-credit hours of electives.
  • If properly planned, the degree can be completed in three semesters.
  • All courses are facilitated online through UCA Blackboard.
  • Training in Leadership and Management.
  • MSCED Internship Resource Page

For Frequently Asked Questions, click HERE.

To contact us, please click Contact MSCED

General Degree

Required Courses (24 credit hours)

CED 6305 - Introduction to Community and Economic Development
CED 6310 - Community and Economic Development Seminar
CED 6311 - Leadership and Decision Making
CED 6315 - Applied Research Methods and Data Analysis
CED 6330 - Community Development Policy Analysis
CED 6340 - Economic and Industrial Development
CED 6350 - Financing Community and Economic Development
CED 6370 - Community and Economic Development Internship

Electives (12 credit hours)

CED 6101 - Community and Economic Development Institute I
CED 6102 - Community and Economic Development Institute II
CED 6103 - Community and Economic Development Institute III
CED 6301 - Project Management
CED 6302 - Leadership Communication in Organizations
CED 6313 - Transportation and Infrastructure
CED 6318 - Budgeting
CED 6320 - Holistic Planning and the Community
CED 6335 - Grant Writing
CED 6360 - Cultural Differentiation and Outreach
GEOG 5310 - Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 5315 - Mapping Fundamentals for GIS
GEOG 5333 - GIS for Planning and Public Administration
GEOG 5345 - Digital Image Processing for GIS
GEOG 6320 - Technical Issues in GIS
GEOG 6328 - Spatial Analysis and Modeling

Planning Concentration

Required Courses (30 credit hours)

CED 6305 - Introduction to Community and Economic Development
CED 6310 - Community and Economic Development Seminar
CED 6311 - Leadership and Decision Making
CED 6313 - Transportation and Infrastructure
CED 6315 - Applied Research Methods and Data Analysis
CED 6320 - Holistic Planning and the Community
CED 6330 - Community Development Policy Analysis
CED 6340 - Economic and Industrial Development
CED 6350 - Financing Community and Economic Development
CED 6370 - Community and Economic Development Internship

Electives (6 credit hours)

GEOG 5310 - Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 5315 - Mapping Fundamentals for GIS
GEOG 5333 - GIS for Planning and Public Administration
GEOG 5345 - Digital Image Processing for GIS
GEOG 6320 - Technical Issues in GIS
GEOG 6328 - Spatial Analysis and Modeling

(Other electives may be substituted by request and with approval from the MSCED Director. Please send an e-mail to MSCED@uca.edu for more information.

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Community Development Institute

Each year, UCA offers the Community Development Institute (CDE). This week-long institute provides training in professional development related to community and economic development for elected officials, board members, full-time professionals, and citizens from all walks of life. CDI participants receive a certificate after each year of completion. Graduation from CDI occurs upon completion of year three. An advanced year of CDI is also offered for those who have completed the three-year program. CDI prepares participants to sit for the national Professional Community and Economic Development (PCED) certification. The curricula of the CDI and MSCED programs are tied together and offer a unique educational experience. Click on the link below for information on the Community Development Institute offered by UCA's Academic Outreach.

Community and Development Institute

Links

The Graduate school website offers more information about being a graduate student at UCA, taking the GRE, and applying to the graduate school. Click on the link below to be redirected to the Graduate Studies website. The graduate bulletin for Community and Economic Development, which provides descriptions for all courses, can be found on this website.

Graduate Studies

The endorsing organization for CDI and our PCED certification is the Community Development Council (CDC).

Community Development Council

MSCED Office: Contact at MSCED@uca.edu

MSCED Director

Dr. Michael Yoder
Associate Professor of Geography
301 C Irby Hall
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035
Voice: 501-450-5638
FAX: 501-852-2926
E-mail: myoder@uca.edu