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SDSU's M.S. in Community Development

Community Development deals with challenges faced by communities in the United States and other countries, particularly those in rural areas. Global economic restructuring and the devolution of government services have produced an environment in which Community Developers are called on to think and act in innovative ways.


Community Development is a progressive field, actively promoting positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change. It encourages people to see the "whole picture," engaging citizens in democratic decision making and action. As a student in the Community Development degree program, you have the opportunity to study with leading educators and researchers representing diverse fields including Community and Regional Planning, Architecture, Sociology, Native American Studies, Economics and Natural Resources.

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Quality Online Courses and Programs

You can expect the same high-quality, academically challenging courses as those taught in the face-to-face classroom.  Our online courses are developed and taught by our university faculty.  The members of the EUC Committee make quality assurance of the online courses and programs offered a top priority.  We are committed to providing our students with academic excellence in our educational offerings.    

  • All 6 institutions governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association which is one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the National Board of Education.
  • HLC-NCA  has quality standards for distance education programs that all courses and programs affiliated with colleges and universities of the South Dakota Board of Regents.
  • Courses are reviewed at the institutional level on a consistent schedule.  Programs are reviewed using the HLC-NCA Principles of Good Practice for Electronically Offered Degrees and Programs.

The Quality Assurance Rubric is used to evaluate online courses for quality.  This rubric is based on national standards of good practice and was developed under the Quality Matters Grant (FIPSE) between 2003-2006.

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