2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sociology (M.S.) - Community Development Specialization

Location(s): Online

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Paul Markel, Director, Acting Graduate Coordinator
School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies
Agricultural Engineering 107, Box 2120

Program Information

The Community Development specialization provides students the opportunity to study with leading educators and researchers from several different universities representing a diversity of fields including Community and Regional Planning, Architecture, Sociology, American Indian Studies, Economics and Natural Resources. This program is designed for people doing community development work in non-profit organizations, colleges, communities, community organizations and governments. The program welcomes those working in all areas to help communities and regions build their capacity for an inclusive, sustainable future; those who volunteer their time and resources to support community; and most of all those with a passion for working toward a brighter future and a willingness to share their experience and wisdom with others via the Internet community.  A student guide to the program is available upon request.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Professional knowledge of community development (CD) theory, methods, practices, and ethics.
  • The ability to create and implement planning and action for community change toward more prosperity for all. 
  • Communication skills appropriate for both academic and public audiences.

Course Delivery Format

The online program has been developed by faculty from the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Courses will be entirely Internet based and will be taught by faculty within the Alliance (Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, and University of Nebraska). Courses are offered fall, spring and summer semesters.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science  Option A - Thesis 36 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 36 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

  • Credits: 1-7 (6 credits required)
  • Electives Credits: 12
    Electives will be determined in consultation with the advisor.

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Option C - Coursework Only

  • Electives Credits: 18
    Electives will be determined in consultation with the advisor.

Total Required Credits: 36 (Options A, B, & C)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

Each applicant is required to provide two signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic record as part of the graduate school application process. In addition, we require that interested applicants submit a writing sample (past term paper or a professional technical report, for example) and a personal statement. The personal statement should outline the applicant’s academic goals and describe how those goals connect with SDSU faculty expertise and interests.

General Requirements

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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