The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development is for students who want to contribute to progressive change and civic engagement, at a time when complex, large-scale challenges are affecting societies around the world. You will explore the evolution of community economic development, community organizing and different theories of economic change. Today this includes the growing interest in social innovation and how it generates uncharted paths for community-based social and economic transformation. Our faculty members are actively involved in the community and social economy sector, allowing you to benefit from their scholarship and practical knowledge. Our diverse student body is comprised of community sector professionals and students with volunteer experience in a variety of organizations. Montreal’s history of community-based activism and economic development will serve as a backdrop as you take part in field projects with various local organizations.
Ability to read, write and express oneself in either English or French.
Two-to-four page personal statement outlining the applicant’s field(s) of interest, strengths and weaknesses, expectations and hopes from their studies, how these expectations tie into their personal and professional goals, and what they expect to contribute to a better understanding of community economic development.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits and obtain a minimum GPA of 2.70.
15 credits – Core Courses
SCPA 501 - Introduction to Community Economic Development (3 credits)
SCPA 502 - Comparative Approaches and Models in CED (3 credits)
SCPA 503 - Fundamental Skills for CED Practice (3 credits)
SCPA 504 - Community Organizing and CED (3 credits)
SCPA 505 - Social Enterprise Development and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
3 credits – Open Sessions
SCPA 543 A-Z Open Sessions (1 credit each)
6 credits – Project
SCPA 510 - CED Field Project, Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 511 - CED Field Project, Part II (3 credits)
6 credits – Elective Courses (chosen based on area of concentration)
SCPA 508 - Financing CED Initiatives: Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 509 - Financing CED Initiatives: Part II (3 credits)
SCPA 515 - Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 516 - Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part II (3 credits)
SCPA 522 - Communications, Technology and CED: Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 523 - Communications, Technology and CED: Part II (3 credits)
SCPA 529 - International Development and CED: Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 530 - International Development and CED: Part II (3 credits)
SCPA 536 - Aboriginal CED: Part I (3 credits)
SCPA 537 - Aboriginal CED: Part II (3 credits)
You will dedicate between 80 to 120 hours to a field project that addresses an aspect of community development. This field project can be based within your present work, new paid work or in a new or current volunteer context.
The project is an opportunity for you to address a specific challenge you are passionate about and which is also seen as important by the collaborating organization. You are responsible for defining, finding and negotiating your field project, with the support and assistance of our program. You will critically analyze your project and submit a written report that summarizes and evaluates your experience.
Examples of recent past field projects include students collaborating with groups on issues related to immigration, housing, urban agriculture, youth etc. Students are responsible for negotiating the tasks within the field placement with the organization based on organizational needs and student learning interests. Running a conference, providing training, facilitating workshops, supporting inter-organizational collaborations, doing research are examples of tasks that students have taken on as part of their field placement.
The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development is structured to enable practitioners to continue work while studying.
Offers all courses during one extended weekend a month (all day Friday, all day Saturday and all day Sunday once a month, as well as a Thursday afternoon every once per term)
Includes a practical project related to a participant’s work or volunteer activity
Alternates annually between English (starting in fall of even years) and French (starting in fall of odd years)
On a full-time basis, takes one year to complete over three consecutive semesters: Fall, Winter and Summer. As the functional language of courses will be different in the following year, a strong motivation usually exists to complete the Program within its framework of three consecutive terms
On a half-time basis, takes two years to complete: two consecutive years if a participant can take courses in both English and French or two non-consecutive years if a participant can take courses in only one language
A Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development prepares you for careers in various community organizations, including anti-poverty, urban and housing development, women’s rights, and immigration. Many of our alumni have started their own social enterprises, like alternative daycares, laundromats, consumer cooperatives, cafés, as well as the importation and sale of equitable fruits to major distributors. Other career opportunities are available in government and local community economic development agencies, health clinics, education, and unions.
Please be advised that Concordia University does not process admissions or fee payments through third parties for our degree programs.
All applicants are advised to ensure that they are communicating directly with the university for admissions and fee payments.
The Graduate Diploma in CED is offered in English beginning in the Fall of even-numbered years and in French beginning in the Fall of odd-numbered years. The upcoming year's program (2020-21) will be offered in English.