Community and Economic Development (MS)

Program Information

Degree Type: ,

Total Credit Hours: 36

Program Completion Time: If properly planned, the degree can be completed in 3 semesters.

About the Program

Description: 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.

Program Tracks: 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.

Program Benefits: The MSCED degree program provides an excellent master's-level education for numerous types of individuals. Here is a short list:

Community Developers
Professionals in Non Profit Organizations
Chamber of Commerce Professionals
Economic Development Corporation Professionals
Local Government Elected Officials
City Planners
City Managers
Regional Planners
Museum Curators
Health Care Administrators
Law Enforcement Officials

Coordinators Name: Michael Yoder
Coordinators Phone Number: 501-450-5638
Coordinators Email:

How to Apply

Requirements: Admissions Requirements:

1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
2. Satisfactory score on the GRE
3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7
4. Minimum TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper version or 213 on the computer version (international students only)
5. Two letters of recommendation sent to the program Director.
6. 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).

Graduate Bulletin Link: