Community Development (MCD)

Experience an intensive, self-directed, and engaging program which combines study, research and professional work in community development. In this program, students benefit from the small-school advantage, working closely with faculty members who provide mentorship and support in the development of research and professional community engagement skills.

Acadia's Master of Community Development program is a small, innovative, and interdisciplinary two-year program. In this program, students work closely with a supervisor on their research and thesis, as well as take additional courses to supplement their research and expand their knowledge in the discipline. Students gain applied experience through a professional or teaching practicum that is an integral part of the program.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, are seeking a challenging program, and have a strong interest in one of the research areas of our department, we encourage you to apply.

Be Inspired

Acadia's Master of Community Development program is intentionally kept small so that students receive highly focused attention from faculty mentors, allowing the program to be customized to student needs, interests, and research. Acadia’s small size facilitates access to faculty from related departments throughout the University for assistance with academic coursework and research. Our faculty are strongly connected with community organizations and with local centres of excellence focused on collaborations between university and community.

Research Interests

  • Ecotourism/Sustainable Tourism/Indigenous Ecotourism
  • Community Youth Leadership
  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainable Food Systems


  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Community Leadership, Systems Chang, and Equity
  • Healthy Active Living, Community Design, and Government Policy
  • Natural Parks Management


Program at a Glance

Year 1 - Term 1

CODE 5960
CODE 5033
Community Development Seminar
*CODE 5xx3

Year 1 - Term 2

CODE 5960
CODE 5543
Community Development Research Methods
*CODE 5xx3

Year 1 - Term 3

CODE 5960

Year 2 - Term 1

CODE 5960
CODE 5056
Community Development Practicum

Year 2 - Term 2

CODE 5960
Thesis completion
CODE 5056
Community Development Practicum

* Only one of the two electives is required. You may choose an elective in either the fall or winter.

Get Involved:
Acadia Community Development Committee
Community Outreach Acadia
Acadia Graduate Students' Association


Community Development
24 Highland Ave
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6