Community Development Master's Degree

Community Development Master's Degree

Help make communities better places to live, learn and play.

Start your journey at K-State and learn to facilitate sustainable and prosperous societal change while acquiring the skills, information and networks to build community in the 21st century.

Community development is a practice-based profession that promotes increased quality-of-life for residents of rural and urban communities of place, identity and/or interest though economic opportunities, sustainable initiatives, organization, education and participative democracy. The online community development master’s degree will prepare you for a variety of careers or allow you to advance further within this profession.

If you’re interested in a credential that can be completed sooner, you might consider the online graduate certificate in community development.

$610 per credit hour*
36 credit hours
100% online

*This estimate is based on the IDEA common price and is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ depending on your transfer hours, course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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What you get when you choose K-State:

Choosing K-State means you get a robust program with tenured faculty, professors of practice with years of hands-on experience in the field, and dedicated staff to help you on your journey through the program. You also have access to amazing library resources as well as most campus resources.

What you can expect while at K-State:

While at K-State, you will have dedicated staff members who will assist you throughout your educational journey. From the time you apply until the time you graduate, you’ll work with faculty in the LARCP department at KSU as well as other universities in the IDEA network. You’ll also work with students from across the country and world!

This program includes courses that are flexible, so you can plan class and study time around your day, although some courses may have optional sessions at specific times. The degree can be completed part-time or full-time. Work with your advisor to determine the best courses and load for you.


Nathan Bramsen, '15

Nathan’s passion for improving communities and helping others on a local and global scale was strengthened through the community development master's program.


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