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.
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 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)
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