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Ashley Noll
Program Coordinator

Huston Gibson, PhD
Program Director

Master of Science in Community Development (MSCD)

The Master of Science in Community Development (MSCD) provides the skills, information and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change. It equips practitioners with the tools necessary to build a community in the 21st Century.

Part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) consortium, this online program allows students to learn from leading educators and researchers from several different universities representing a diversity of fields and scholarship.

Completion of the program requires 36 credit hours including successful completion of a coursework only written examination which focuses on the application of knowledge gained through community development issues and ideas, or a master’s report or thesis which allows the student to undertake an independent project focused on a specific area of professional interest.

Careers in Community Development

The program serves community leaders, practitioners and those committed to people and places in fields such as:

  • community and regional planning
  • parks and recreation
  • housing 
  • applied sociology
  • environmental and social justice
  • community economic development 
  • cooperative extension services
  • non-profit sectors


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The MSCD degree is offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning in the K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Science
College: Architecture, Planning and Design
Credits: 36
Course delivery: Online

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