Southern New Hampshire University’s Community Economic Development Program and the National Community Action Foundation have partnered to enhance educational and credentialing opportunities for leaders in the community action field.
We have taken SNHU’s nationally known and award-winning master's degree program and customized it for community action professionals.
The M.S. in CED is a 36-credit-hour program taken fully online. Students typically enroll in two classes per term and complete the degree in just 18 months.
This highly affordable program offers small classes and the flexibility of our online delivery system.
Students take a combination of core courses and electives. Here is a sample sequence of courses:
|Quarter/Term||Foundation & Capstone Courses||Skills Courses||Project Management Courses||Electives||Total (Per Term)|
|CED 601: Introduction to CED in the U.S.||CED 611: Research Methods in CED||2 courses; 6 credits|
|CED 621: Project Design in CED||
CED 636 Foundations of Community Action
|2 courses; 6 credits|
June - August
|CED 622: Project Planning in CED||MBA 503 or (elective)||2 courses; 6 credits|
September - December
CED 613: Organizational Management in CED
ACC 500: Managerial Accounting
|2 courses; 6 credits|
January - March
|CED 623: Project Management in CED||Elective||2 courses; 6 credits|
March - June
|CED 624: Project Evaluation in CED||
||2 courses; 6 credits|
|Total||2 courses; 6 credits||3 courses; 9 credits||3 courses; 9 credits||4 courses; 12 credits||12 courses; 36 credits|
View a complete list of our courses offered.
- Housing Development & Policy
- Financing CED
- Urban Development
- Rural Development
- Legal Framework for CED
- Co-operative Development and Management
- Community Building and Organizing
- Financial Management in CED
A 25-percent tuition discount is available to students who are employed by NCAF-member agencies. That means the total tuition cost for those who enroll during the 2012-2013 academic year will be only $16,929, well below the price of a typical master's degree in management. Scholarships and additional aid may be available. Costs do not include books or the cost of the residencies (which we work hard to keep low).
NCAF is the primary advocate for community action agencies nationwide, working with lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels toward the goal of creating sustainable pathways out of poverty by empowering low-income Americans with the skills they need to achieve permanent self-sufficiency.