Contribute to social and environmental justice, along with civic engagement, at a time when complex, large-scale challenges are affecting societies around the world.
Explore the evolution of community economic development (CED), solidarity economy and community organizing situated on Turtle Island, unceded and contested Indigenous lands.
Gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are essential to accompanying communities as they take charge of the blossoming of neighbourhoods, villages, cities, territories, for the well-being of all species and the planet earth.
Discover current trends and practices of community-based activism and economic development in Quebec and in Indigenous communities who are caretakers of this land.
Learn about how politics and culture are at the core of the economy and how commoning can create better worlds for future generations.
Learn about social and environmental justice frameworks and how they are intimately related to anti-oppressive work.
Develop a personal field project based on your learning interests that is helpful to community or join a local organization as an intern.
Broaden your networks and forge long-term ties with a diversity of students in a participatory learning environment.
Workshop style courses with a blend of lecture, guest speakers, participatory activities, co-learning, field trips and mentorship.
SCPA 500 Intersectionality, Anti-Racism and Indigenous Perspectives, Dialogue
SCPA 501 Introduction to Community Economic Development and Solidarity Economy
SCPA 503 Beyond Capitalism for a Better World
SCPA 5060 Field Project Preparation
SCPA 505 Collective Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship
SCPA 507 Participatory Management
SCPA 510 Field Project and Mentorship
SCPA 512 The Arts for Community Organizing and Social Justice
SCPA 504 Community Organizing
SCPA 508 Financing CED initiatives
SCPA 536 Indigenous CED
SCPA 543 Special Topics in CED
Is structured to enable students to continue their work, activism and/or personal commitments while studying. Offers all courses during one extended weekend per month (all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday once a month, as well as Thursday afternoon once per term).
Includes a practical field project that is based on students’ learning interests, helpful to a community and realistic for them to undertake.
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 terms: Fall, Winter and Summer. As the functional language of courses is different in the following year, a strong motivation usually exists to complete the Program within its framework of three consecutive terms.
The program welcomes candidates with non-traditional career paths, including those who do not have a university or CEGEP degree. Experience in community work, social justice work, and advocacy counts for a lot!
If you are enrolling in the French year of study, you must be able to speak, read and understand French; you must be able to write in English or French. If you are enrolling in the English year of study, you must be able to speak, read and understand English; you must be able to write in English or French.
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 and collective enterprises, like alternative daycares, community 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.
The program also opens the door to further study at the graduate level in a variety of fields. Many of our alumni have pursued graduate work in public policy, law, social work and education.
1. Create a Concordia netname if you don't yet have one. A netname gives you access to the Concordia application system, shared student computers and more.
2. Complete an application. Make sure to select “Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development” from the list.
3. Include your supporting documents. You'll need:
A statement of purpose explaining your understanding of CED, motivations for application, experiences with CED/community work and related knowledge and skills.
Your curriculum vitae (CV)
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended.
Proof of your citizenship or immigration status in Canada
Reference and assessment forms
If you are applying with an undergraduate degree: Two Confidential Letters of Reference and Academic Assessment forms.
If you are applying without an undergraduate degree: Three Confidential Letters of Reference and Academic Assessment forms.
4. If your primary language is not English or French, you are required to submit official language test scores, unless exempted. If you were not educated in an institution whose language of instruction is the same as that of the language of the year of study you are applying to, you will be required to do complete a short assessment by videoconferencing with the director of the program.
5. In certain cases, you may be required to do an interview.
You can upload your documents to your application after submitting it. However, please note that we cannot complete the assessment of your application until we receive the required materials listed above.