Community Development Masters Program


If you have a professional interest in:

empowering people to work together for a common future
shaping places to be more equitable, sustainable, and just –

The Interdisciplinary Master of Science with an emphasis in Community Development will help you move your career forward.

This online program is coordinated by the Community and Regional Planning department of the College of Design at Iowa State University. It is a participating program in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA).

Five universities contribute faculty and content to the program: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Choosing Iowa State University as your home institution will allow you access to the full range of resources offered at Iowa State, including:

• University libraries
• Other online learning courses offered at Iowa State
• Award-winning faculty. You will be able to choose an advisor and a Plan of Study committee from the department of Community and Regional Planning. Our faculty have expertise in

   -affordable housing
   -community revitalization
   -economic development
   -sustainable communities
   -small town planning
   -public administration
   -community design

The curriculum will bring you current perspectives in all these areas. Faculty from all five universities will also explore issues in political science, sociology, non-profit management, environmental law, and tribal programs.

The online nature of this program also gives you a unique opportunity to learn from your peers. To meet some current Community Development students, visit these student profiles:

• David Emery:

The Community Development degree is a 37 credit hour program. All students complete 16 hours of core courses with 21 additional hours of electives and the component course.

Core Courses (required for everyone):
•Orientation to Community Development
•Community Development I: Principles and Strategies of Community Change
•Community Development II: Organizing for Community Change
•Community Analysis (Introduction to Methods)
•Community and Natural Resource Management
•Community and Regional Economic Analysis

Community Development Course Matrix

Tuition Information- Please note: All students, regardless of geographic location will receive in-state/resident rate tuition.

Contact Info: 
Michelle Zander
GP IDEA College Coordinator
0006 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011