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.

Completion of the program requires 36 credit hours including successful completion of a final examination, master's report or thesis, which allows you to undertake an independent project focused on a specific area of professional interest.


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.

Program taught in:
  • English
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