Community Development – Master’s

Community Development

Global conditions, socioeconomic inequities, and environmental changes are creating challenges for rural and urban communities. The practice of community development has become integral to the livability, resilience, and sustainability of communities as our lives have become more complex and unpredictable.


Contribute to and create community betterment with Iowa State University’s online Master of Community Development (MCD) program. Community development is an applied field that complements multiple professions. Use your degree to obtain employment in a variety of professions and organizations. You could use your degree to improve the quality of work in your existing position and better serve the communities in which you work and reside.

Community developers:

  • Identify and address local issues and opportunities
  • Engage residents in community decision-making
  • Build economically and socially diverse communities
  • Advance and expand local leadership

Graduates of Iowa State’s MCD program hold positions in:

  • City management and planning
  • Regional planning
  • Economic development
  • Community foundations
  • State government
  • Housing development
  • Development consulting firms

Admission Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For program specific requirements, visit the Graduate College website.


Total: 30 Credits

Consists of 15 required course credits and 15 credits of elective courses. This is a non-thesis degree with a capstone practicum experience.

Contact Information

Biswa Das
Associate Professor

Iowa State Online