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Earn leadership skills for a changing world. Complete the Masters of Arts in Applied Community Development online in under 22 months for under $16K.

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Why our Masters in Community

Learn from our faculty of experts how to scale up community-driven change that is inclusive and sustainable.

Skills you will learn:

  • Non-Profit Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation Priorities
  • Social Research Methods
  • Fundraising and Resource Development

“It has given me project management and leadership skills that will be directly applicable to my chosen career.”


Master knowledge & skills
for community change

A Personalized Approach:

  • Designed to be flexible around the priorities of the working adult.
  • Hands-on project-based learning in your community
  • Weekly live online classes
  • Design the program to fit your goals through independent study and internships

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Academic Catalog February 2021 - Future Generations University


Higher Learning Commission Affiliation - Future Generations University.

Higher Learning


Future Generations University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the largest and oldest accrediting body in the United States. This quality assurance by a federally-recognized body also meets requirements necessary for the institution to receive and manage federal financial aid funds. The accreditation process also provides a periodic opportunity and incentive for the institution to review, assess, and advance the quality of its educational and financial operations

Disability Services

The university encourages everybody to become part of our global network regardless of any potential disability. Personal interviews are conducted with anybody who would special considerations so that we can assist each person in their education journey.

Future Generations University ensures equal educational opportunities for students in the online masters in community development program who qualify as a person with a disability under the applicable laws (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504). Many students who were under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan during high school will qualify for services, as will many other students who did not receive any specialized services during their K-12 education. It is the students responsibility to email our disability services representative at to register for services. Documentation may be required and approved accommodations are determined on an individual basis. It is the students responsibility to inform faculty via letter from our office of the necessary accommodations each semester in order to receive accommodations throughout the semester. Professors are under no obligation to provide academic accommodations until they receive and discuss the accommodation letter with the student requesting accommodations. When a student has asked for disability related accommodations without an accommodation letter, a referral is appropriate and necessary. Faculty or students who encounter problems regarding accommodations are asked to notify Disability Services immediately. We encourage students to communicate with faculty at the start of each semester, but there are no deadlines to register for disability services. Students may disclose a disability to our office anytime during their education at the institution. Faculty may be approached by a student with an accommodation letter anytime during the semester. Though a student may approach a faculty member late in the semester with an accommodation letter, accommodations are not retroactive; that is, the accommodations do not apply to work completed before the students submission of documentation and the determination of necessary accommodations.

Students in the online community development master’s program come from fields of communication, community development, conservation, ecosystem resilience, education, food and water security, linguistics, natural resource management, nonprofit management, peacebuilding, and primary and local health care, research, and sociology.

1. Gender:
The female-to-male ratio of matriculating students is 39 to 61 per cent.
The female-to-male ratio of graduating students is 48 to 52 per cent.
84% of all women candidates graduate, whereas 59% of all male candidates graduate.

2. Ethnicity, Nation, and Country of Origin:
Future Generations University has an incredibly diverse student body in terms of region, nation, and country of origin. Since the nature of this online Master of Arts in applied community development study and research in the context of our students, they conduct their graduate work in their home communities and countries.

Students in the community development master’s program from these countries have the largest representation in the first eight cohorts: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, India, Nepal, Uganda, and the United States.
The ratio of North Americans to students of other countries is 1 to 7.

This is the global reach of our student body: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, The Philippines, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The current tuition cost per credit hour for the online community development graduate program is $500. The Masters in Applied Community Development degree requires a total of 32 credits to graduate, making the final price of tuition $16,000. There are no additional required fees. Students earn this community development master’s degree from their home using their community and current work as the classroom. Books and materials are generally made available for free on the university’s learning management system.

There are optional field-based courses between semesters (now on hold during the COVID 19 pandemic). At a later date, if students opt to join a field-based course to examine “best practices” of community change and development practice in the field, they pay their round-trip travel (bus, train, or air) and the cost of the credits.

Students in the online masters in community development program engage their graduate work online and in their community of work and service. They are best equipped to identify and deal with local security concerns. During optional residentials, the university exercises due diligence in providing safe and adequate living
accommodations, venues for field studies, and means of in-country transportation. To view our Annual Security reports, visit our Consumer Information page.

Most Future Generations University students enter and graduate from this program in the same or a related field of community change and development practice. The difference is that their graduate studies enable their advancement in both profession and vocation.

Students in the community development masters program typically come from fields of communications, community development, conservation, ecosystem resilience, education, food and water security, linguistics, natural resource management, nonprofit management, peacebuilding, and primary and local health care, research, and sociology.

93 %

of graduates expanded their work to larger areas

90 %

of alumni received a promotion after their degree

79 %

of alumni earned a salary increase

68 %

of students started new programs or organizations

  • Totalenrollment across the first eight cohorts has been 152 students from 37 countries. The size of matriculating classes has ranged from 16 to 25 students.
  • While theselectivity rate for these initial cohorts has ranged from 56 to 87 per cent, it is anticipated that the admission process will become increasingly selective.
  • The university does not admit transfer students, but it will examinetransfer credits on a case-by-case basis. These may account for up to 25% of the required 32 credits for Master’s degree completion. This policy maintains the integrity of the cohort model.
  • Over the first eight cohorts, theretention rates are:
    • 1st to 2nd semester retention rate is 87%
    • 2nd to 3rd semester retention rate is 92%
    • 3rd to 4th semester retention rate is 95%
    • Post-4th semester continuation rate on Practicum work is 7%
  • Across the first seven cohorts, thegraduation rate is 69%. This graduation rate is, however, improving. The last three cohorts have averaged a graduation rate of 78%. The anticipated graduation rate for the current cohort is expected to meet or exceed that of the last three.

The Academic Catalog provides a Grievance Procedure for student concerns about grading and supervision. To date there has been one student grievance, which was satisfactorily handled according to procedure, leading to the student’s successful completion of her Master’s degree. The university complies with allTitle IX regulations. There have been no student, staff, or faculty complaints under Title IX.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires universities participating in federal student aid programs to make certain disclosures to enrolled and prospective students, parents, employees, and the public. In an effort to assist students and their families in making informed decisions. Future Generations University has developed a consumer information page to serve as a central point for obtaining information about the institution. Click here to consult that page.

Staff, Regional Academic Directors, Faculty, Advisory Council, and Board:
The university is served by a talented and diverse body of professionals, including:

  • Staff of 10 women and three men, all U.S. citizens.
  • Faculty of eight women and eight men, domiciled in Bolivia (1), Vietnam (1), Peru (1), the United States (11), and Uruguay (1).
  • Advisory Council of three women and four men, residing in Nepal (1), India (1), Uruguay (1), the United States (3), and the United Kingdom (1).
  • Board of Directors of two woman and six men, citizens of Zimbabwe (1) and the United States (7).