Community Development, M.S.

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Commit to community flourishing with the Master of Science in Community Development from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Blend the complex political, economic, and social dimensions of development with hands-on fieldwork experience and a network of servant leaders.

School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

West Palm Beach



Why Study Community Development at PBA?

Invest in communities through multidisciplinary approaches to social and economic progress. In courses taught by future-oriented faculty and in hands-on fieldwork opportunities, you’ll learn to evaluate how local contexts are influenced by broader social systems, to engage managerial expertise in the holistic development of communities, and to embody the transformative power of Christ in partnerships with people, organizations, and institutions.

  • Christian Principles: Explore service and growth through the lens of Christ’s compassionate love.
  • Evening Courses: Maintain your personal and professional commitments while advancing your capacity to contribute to local development. Learn more about PBA’s evening programs.
  • Experiential Fieldwork: Apply your learning with an NGO or non-profit under the guidance of industry-experienced faculty mentors.

What You’ll Learn

The Master’s in Community Development at PBA equips you to integrate Christian principles through:

  • Understanding foundational terms and concepts in community development
  • Identifying management science ideas and theories
  • Examining development projects
  • Analyzing challenges and opportunities in community development
  • Discerning problems and analyzing solutions in development and management contexts

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Community Development Program Details

Create lasting transformation in your community with a broad understanding of how development projects thrive. In pairing managerial competence with development studies, PBA’s Master’s in Community Development program equips you to ignite long-term, intentional, holistic progress that is founded on the love and work of Christ.

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Accelerated Format

Expand your potential in evening classes that suit your schedule. This two-year, full-time Master’s in Community Development program can be paired with an accelerated MBA degree from the Rinker School of Business, meaning you’ll have the option to earn both an M.S. in Community Development and an MBA in just one extra semester.

Build an intentional foundation in high-level management skills that will contribute to the strength and longevity of your development work. Choose among courses in marketing management, international business, legal environments, corporate finance, quantitative methods, and more.

Prepare to lead and serve in your community with practical skills in development policy and economics, global development contexts, and implementing and evaluating programs. You’ll apply your learning in hands-on fieldwork experience with an NGO or non-profit.

Community Development Careers

Draw upon your values in all that you do with a meaningful, person-centered career in local development. Practice Christ’s love through your time, talents, and efforts, bringing dignity and compassion to everyone you encounter. Occupations like social and community service managers are in growing demand, earning a median pay of $74,000 per year, and dedicated servants like you can bring the image of God to these roles. Work in fields like:

  • Government service
  • Public policy
  • Youth development
  • Community organizations and advocacy

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