Master of Arts in Community and Economic Development

The Master of Arts in Community and Economic Development incorporates two distinct bodies of theory and practice: economic development and community development.  It focuses on the importance of linking these two concepts in a model that integrates the development of social capital and community capacity with the economic development of the community. After a broad examination of the public policy process, students will examine theoretical development concepts as well as approaches that real communities have used in an effort to produce positive economic outcomes as well as improvement in the quality of life of their members. It culminates with a final project that provides the opportunity to examine a community development problem or issue in an in-depth manner.

Program Design

Courses are taught through online instruction. After a broad examination of the public policy process, students will examine theoretical development concepts as well as approaches that real communities have used in an effort to produce positive economic outcomes as well as improvement in the quality of life of their members. It culminates with a final project that provides the opportunity to examine a community development problem or issue in an in-depth manner.

Required Courses

  • Policy Process
  • Public Policy Analysis 
  • Research Methodology
  • Principles of Economic Development 
  • Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Ethics and Community Leadership
  • Stakeholder Sensitive Business Models
  • Workforce Development Policy
  • Population, Land Use and Municipal Finance
  • Macroeconomics/Development Policy Issues

Final Project

The student will prepare a culminating final project, a guided independent study, dealing with some aspect of community and economic development. This study will be completed under the direction of the program’s faculty. The purpose behind this study is to provide an opportunity to integrate the learning acquired in this program and to apply that learning in the development of a relevant project or community plan, in working for an organization or agency in a practicum related to community development or in the completion of a theoretical study.

More Information

Program Coordinator: Joseph Angiello, Ph.D., joseph.angiello@esc.edu

Apply for Admission 

Admission to the M.A. in community and economic development is selective. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university, applicants must have undergraduate level courses in statistics (3 credits) and macroeconomics (3 credits) or their equivalent to be considered for admission.

To apply, review the admissions requirements and submit an online application.