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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 36-credit-hour online program allows students to learn from leading educators and researchers from several different universities representing a diversity of fields and scholarship. With K-State as your home institution, all courses taken will be shown as K-State credit on your transcript.

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
  • economic development and entrepreneurship
  • community health and wellness
  • anti-poverty programs
  • cooperative extension
  • housing and infrastructure
  • non-profit organizations
  • parks and recreation
  • natural resource management
  • public administration
  • applied sociology
  • tribal, immigrant, refugee and youth programs

Am I Right for this Program?

This program is ideal for those who:

  • Enjoy working with others to find solutions to local or regional problems.
  • Are passionate about working in urban neighborhoods, rural areas or tribal communities.
  • Seek to better understand how global issues are tied to specific places.
  • Volunteer in communities and want to be even more effective.
  • Already work with communities and want to enhance your skills, knowledge and credentials.


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
Tuition per credit hour: $580

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