Community Economic Development (CED) Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.70.
  • 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.
  • Ability to read, write and express oneself in either English or French.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Each applicant's background, practical experience and learning goals will be fully considered.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits and obtain a minimum GPA of 2.70.

Please see the School of Community and Public Affairs Courses for course descriptions.

Community Economic Development (CED) Graduate Diploma (30 credits)

15

credits of Core Courses:

SCPA 501 Introduction to Community Economic Development / Introduction au developement économique communautaire (3.00)
SCPA 502 Comparative Approaches and Models in CED / Approches comparatives et modèles de DÉC (3.00)
SCPA 503 Fundamental Skills for CED Practice / Compétences de base en DÉC (3.00)
SCPA 504 Community Organizing and CED / Organisation communautaire et DÉC (3.00)
SCPA 505 Social Enterprise Development and Social Entrepreneurship / Développement d’entreprises sociales et entreprenariat social (3.00)

3

credits:

SCPA 543 A-Z Open Sessions / A - Z Sessions ouvertes (1.00)

Note: Students may take multiple 1-credit sessions for a total of three credits.

6

credits:

SCPA 510 CED Field Project - Part I / Projet en DÉC. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 511 CED Field Project - Part II / Projet DÉC. Partie II (3.00)

6

credits of Elective Courses: (chosen based on area of concentration):

SCPA 508 Financing CED Initiatives: Part I / Le financement des initiatives de DÉC. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 509 Financing CED Initiatives: Part II  / Le financement des initiatives de DÉC. Partie II (3.00)
SCPA 515 Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part I / Logement et aménagement du territoire dans une perspective de DÉC. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 516 Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part II / Logement et aménagement du territoire dans une perspective de DÉC. Partie II (3.00)
SCPA 522 Communications, Technology and CED: Part I / Communications, technologie et DÉC. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 523 Communications, Technology and CED: Part II / Communications, technologie et DÉC. Partie II (3.00)
SCPA 529 International Development and CED: Part I / Développement international et DÉC. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 530 International Development and CED: Part II / Développement international et DÉC. Partie II (3.00)
SCPA 536 Aboriginal CED: Part I  / Le DÉC en mileu autochtone. Partie I (3.00)
SCPA 537 Aboriginal CED: Part II / Le DÉC en mileu autochtone. Partie II (3.00)

Please see the Développement économique communautaire (DEC), diplôme page for the French version.

Additional Degree Requirements

Progression

A typical progression through the program takes one year (three semesters):

  • Fall Semester: three required courses (9 credits) and one open session (1 credit);
  • Winter Semester: two required courses (6 credits), first four months of the student’s project course (3 credits), and one open session (1 credit);
  • Summer Semester: two elective courses from the areas of concentration (6 credits)*, the last four months of the student’s project course (3 credits), and one open session (1 credit).

Students may take either two courses (Part I and Part II) in a single area of concentration, or one course (Part I) in two areas of concentration, subject to available resources. (All Part II courses require successful completion of Part I in the same area of concentration).

Language requirements. Students are required to have an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French. This program alternates annually between English (years 2020, 2022...) and French (years 2019, 2021...). Students must be able to express themselves in the language in which courses are offered. They can submit written work in either language.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.

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