Community and Economic Development, Combined Degree Pathways


Admission into the combined program is highly selective. Matriculated undergraduate students may apply to the combined program and will complete all of the application requirements for the master’s degree program. The admission application process includes a review of all coursework completed and a minimum recalculated GPA of 3.2 (most recent 60 credits earned), one recommendation, and two application essays.


Please see the Graduate Admission section of this catalog for a complete listing of materials required to complete a graduate application. 


The combined degree pathway requires 148 credits total, of which 36 are master’s credits leading to the M.A. in Community and Economic Development. Students must meet all college, AOS and relevant concentration guidelines.

In the combined degree pathway, the student may use up to 12 graduate credits (specified below under “Combined Program Courses”) to complete the 124 credits required for the undergraduate degree. This degree must meet all requirements established by the college, as well as the student’s area of study. Once the undergraduate degree has been awarded, the student may begin the remaining 24 credits required for the graduate M.A. in Community and Economic Development degree. The combined degree, culminating in the completion of the master’s degree, requires a total of 148 credits. Students must meet master’s expectations for academic progress and grade point average in their master’s level courses to remain in the combined program.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must include undergraduate level courses in statistics (3 credits) and macroeconomics (3 credits) in their degree program.

Combined Pathway Courses

These four graduate courses (12 credits) may be taken as an undergraduate student. The remaining 8 graduate courses (24 credits) would be taken once matriculated as a graduate student. See the MA in Community and Economic Development program page of this catalog for the remaining graduate course list.

PPOL 6007Policy Process3
PPOL 6030Public Policy Analysis3
CAED 6010Principles of Community & Economic Development3
CAED 6040Stakeholder-Sensitive Business Models3
Total Credits12