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Welcome to the world’s most applied community development Master's degree

At Future Generations University, your community IS the classroom. Our innovative approach allows you to learn skills needed to create a resilient community for today’s challenges.

Future Generations University empowers local solutions and global learning—the formula needed to address the unprecedented upheavals and inequality the world currently faces.

COVID-19 has shown us that we can summon the will and energy to change our lives and societies. The steps needed to end anti-Black racism, promote resilience, and address climate change will be unique to each community. With a 30-year history of working in and with communities to own their futures, we are rising to these challenges, supporting community led action. Join us today.

“Future Generations University incorporates what we like to call in Peace Corps a “I do, we do, you do” approach through community labs. It allows students to be guided by the instructors while applying learned skills to real life issues. The labs are my favorite aspect of the masters program because it’s a unique approach to learning.”


“You are given the opportunity to earn a Masters degree by completing a community service project of your choice, in a community of your choice, while being given the money and tools to do it. The Segal Education Award was matched dollar-for-dollar, making this masters program very affordable.”


Since 2003, Future Generations University has been teaching the methods proven effective in facilitating and scaling community change throughout its 30 year history. With a mission to create truly inclusive learning pathways, Future Generations has reduced the barriers to higher education by making communities the campus, and connecting students in a virtual learning hub from all around the world using accessible technologies. Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, our graduate school has alumni from 40 countries and our world-class faculty are active community practitioners, so students learn from those who do.

Masters of Arts in Applied Community Development

Rolling Admissions for Fall 2020 – Learn more from our Informational Webinars

Our University Impact

Alumni receiving a promotion after their degree:

  • 90%
  • 10%

Alumni earning a salary increase:

  • 79%
  • 21%

Students starting new programs or organizations:

  • 68%
  • 32%

Future Generations Allows Students to:

  • Join a world-circling community of experts and like-minded classmates dedicated to sustainable advancement of their communities
  • Go at their own pace, taking a single course at a time or three, finishing a Masters degree in two, three or four years, or a Certificate in as short as a year.
  • Attend class from home, office, or mobile device – No need to relocate to learn
  • See best practices in action from our country partners on field-based courses, in countries like the US, Nepal, India, and Peru.
  • Earn credit for previous professional experiences to save money and graduate early

Master of Arts in Applied Community Development

Our future depends on leaders building on the successes of their communities and, together, building their collective capacity to create and lead sustainable change. The Master of Arts degree in Applied Community Development calls for student creativity, leadership,self- discipline, and passion for learning the art of facilitating change. Our distributed learning model offers students the flexibility to complete programs while working and living in their community. With opportunities for research, field courses, internships, and professional specializations, this degree fits student interest and career goals while also benefiting their home community.

Graduate Certificate

Popular certificates such as Community Development, which builds a skill base in creating a sustainable future for students’ communities, can be a first step to the Master’s program. Courses can also be taken as a stand-alone for-credit.

Individual Courses include:

  • Introduction to Community Change
  • Going to Scale
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Change Your World
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Resource Mapping
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Alumni Spotlight

We are committed to empowering local people by giving them a voice and visibility. Alumnus Vincent Omara (Class 2017) is working with the Ik and Tepeth indigenous people in the mountainous area of Karamoja, helping to ensure their rights.

From the Field

“When food is perceived to be scarce, the price goes up and the poorest become even more vulnerable.” Faculty Dr. Dan Robison is an agroecologist who lives in Bolivia, blogs about the urgency of cultivating our gardens.

Student Spotlight

From climate action to experiential education to saving the bees, a spotlight on Future Generations University internship program and how our resilient North American students are pivoting their community based work in the time of COVID-19.