Practitioners mature into professionals. Skills are learned of leadership, social entrepreneurship, and technology. This specialization equips you to lead toward the five goals of making a community more inclusive, more sustainable, addressing the balance of human needs, collaborating with others, and iteratively improving.

These skills can be applied to a wide range of professional disciplines including nonprofit organizations, conservation management, starting and growing social businesses, government services, and public advocacy.

You will learn to grow social impact, while mastering the skills required for effective non-profit management and community leadership.

This learning fits especially well if you:

  • Are involved in social service and want to improve it
  • Have an issue that you want to help change
  • Want to more leadership responsibilities in your organization
  • Are interested in starting your own social enterprise or non-profit organization

The specialization examines successful projects, organizations, and leadership examples. Effective communication is learned, as well as group facilitation, and organizational management. You have options in this specialization to shape your education to meet your own professional expectations.

  • Community Planning
  • Event Organization
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising & Grant Writing
  • Project Monitoring
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Starting and leading non-profit organizations
  • Facilitating effective community-action anywhere
  • Leading Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives
  • Influencing government policy
  • Being a more effective social entrepreneur
  • PSK 605 – Social Entrepreneurship:
    Addresses the most frequently mentioned needs to growing an enterprising organization—community, society, and economics. Emphasis will be placed on strategy to bring clarity and focus in order to grow their organization’s effectiveness and impact.
  • PSK 604 – 21st Century Communication:
    Introduction to the basic tenets of branding, marketing, and using the Internet in the digital era. Get equipped with the skills for web design and social media using various multimedia tools, platforms, and practices for effective local and global communication in the 21st century.
  • PSK 601 – Nonprofit Management:
    Learn organizational skills and strategies for effective planning, funding, managing, leading, and partnering. Students gain an overview of financial management, grant writing, and reporting. You’ll also review effective methods to monitor and evaluate sustainable and scalable development projects.
  • PSK 617 – Leading Enterprise, Education & Movements:
    Gain an introduction to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the changes communities face in an age of globalization and climatic swings. How may engineers and entrepreneurs deploy ICT, water and sanitation, power and energy, health and nutrition, and transportation for the profit and learning of all? This course helps you to become one of them.


Typically, it takes 2 years to complete the degree program. However, in an effort to be as flexible as possible for the busy students we serve, you also have the option of enrolling in classes part-time and spacing your courses out over as much time as you need to achieve the right balance for your life.

You should be prepared to commit 10-15 hours per week to your coursework if enrolled full-time. This includes class (using our video-conferencing platform), online work, field research, and applied project-based assignments. If you choose to extend the program and enroll part-time, your weekly time commitment will be less.

You will receive an accredited Master of Arts degree in Applied Community Development

Yes, mainly, but this isn’t like other online learning opportunities. This blended learning model combines online content, face-to- face video conferencing, peer-to- peer collaboration, applied learning in community and places of work, field-based research, optional regional and global residential studies, and a lifelong network of development colleagues. The flexibility of this model allows you to remain in your community and maintain your life while gaining a formally recognized qualification. You need not relocate for this Master’s degree.

First and foremost, this degree will make you a more effective leader in your organization or community. The applied nature of the program will also enhance your career prospects. The issues and challenges you will learn to address throughout the course of your program are relevant to many organizations/businesses. Future Generations alumni have gone on to serve in business enterprises, government, community development, conservation planning, faith-based initiatives, health, peacebuilding, relief work, social work, and teaching and research.

Cost is determined by credit hour $660/credit hour. There are no hidden fees. One term can cost $5,490. But if you qualify for a scholarship, this can substantially lower the cost. To find your cost, you need to contact the university: To be connected to someone who can help, registrar@future.edu

Ask Luke a Question

Contact Luke at luketayloride@future.edu.

Spring 2019 Scheduling
Spring February 4- June 7, 2019
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17-December 18, 2020
Completed Applications Due January 4, 2019

*New applicants, please inquire about Spring Semester 2019 enrollment.

Class of 2021 Academic Calendar
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17- December 18, 2020
Spring February 1- June 4, 2021
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2019

Click here to start your learning experience with Future Generations University!  You’ll be asked for transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree, a recommendation letter from a colleague or supervisor, and a Statement of Purpose (how you intend to use your degree for the betterment of your community and yourself).

Our Partners in Service

Accepted AmeriCorps and VISTA members can complete their service learning, WHILE earning their Masters Degree in Applied Community Development. Future Generations honors a dollar-for-dollar match on Segal Awards.
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