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Master of Science in Community Resources and Development

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Community Resources and Development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. The degree prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the four emphasis areas encompassed by the program.

About the M.S. Program

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Community Resources and Development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus. The degree prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of recreation, leisure and tourism. The goal of the Master's degree is to provide an academic experience that fosters scholarship, critical thinking, and creativity while preparing graduates for leadership/management positions in research and professional recreation and tourism related public, nonprofit, and private agencies. Students select one of the four emphasis areas: sustainable communities; tourism; parks and recreation management; or nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations. Coursework selection should reflect a sense of continuity and relevance based upon the student’s academic and professional goals. The Master's degree culminates with either a thesis or a professional project.

Completion of the M.S. degree usually requires two years of study for full time students. Advising is under the direct supervision of an assigned faculty member. Students will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom they will consult when selecting classes. A supervisory committee is also formed, usually during the second semester, and reflects the interests of the student and faculty. Each student develops her/his program of study (POS) in consultation with the advisor and supervisory committee.

 

M.S. Program Details

Students may select a thesis or professional option. Thesis students will be involved in a major research project under the direction of their faculty advisors, culminating in a thesis. This is the option you should select if you have an interest in a research oriented position within an organization or agency, or wish to pursue a doctorate degree. Practicum students will complete a research project that identifies and addresses an applied problem or issue relevant to a partner agency/organization under the direction of their faculty advisors. This is the option you should select if you are interested in a managerial level position within an organization or agency.
The required core classes emphasize knowledge and skills all graduates must have. Electives are designed to concentrate in one of the four emphasis areas. Depending on the option chosen, students will complete either a thesis or a practicum. Both are research projects, but the practicum is more applied in nature.

 

Thesis Option (30 credits)*

Required courses (15 credits)
•    CRD 500, Research Methods
•    CRD 502, Statistical and Data Analysis
•    CRD 552, Critical Issues 
•    CRD 555, Theoretical Perspectives in Community Development
•    Advanced inquiry

Electives (9 credits) Students select 9 credits of electives under the direction of their advisor.
Thesis (6 credits) CRD 599, Thesis
Students write a proposal for their thesis and do an oral presentation followed by questions from their thesis committee (called a proposal defense). When the thesis is complete, it must be presented and defended to the thesis committee and other interested people.

 

Professional Option (36 credits)*

Required courses (15 credits)
•    CRD 500, Research Methods
•    CRD 502, Statistical and Data Analysis
•    CRD 530, Community Services Management
•    CRD 552, Critical Issues 
•    CRD 555, Theoretical Perspectives in Community Development

Electives (15 credits) Students select 15 credits of electives under the direction of their advisor.

Practicum (6 credits) CRD 580, Practicum

Students write a proposal for their practicum project and do an oral presentation followed by questions from their practicum committee (called a proposal defense). When the practicum project is complete, it must be presented and defended to the thesis committee and other interested people.

*Some students may be required to take 6 credits of undergraduate prerequisites if they do not have a bachelor's degree in  a closely related field. These are called "deficiencies" and are intended to provide a basic understanding of the field. These are selected in conjunction with the student's advisor.

 

 

M.S. Admission Requirements and Application Process

Applications to the M.S. program are accepted in the fall and spring and students may be granted admission for Fall or Spring semesters.  Submit an application to ASU's Graduate College by March 1 (for fall semester) or October 1 (for spring semester):

•    Apply for admission to the Graduate College. (http://graduate.asu.edu/admissions/how_to_apply). On the online application you will submit all your information. You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90). You will receive an e-mailed acknowledgement letter from the Graduate College that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page. You may check your application status on My ASU.

 
•    You must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum grade point average equivalent to a "B" (3.0) average. Official transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate work must be submitted to the Graduate College in sealed envelopes, stamped and verified by the issuing institutions.
Send transcripts to: Arizona State University  Graduate College, Admissions Administration B-Wing, Room 170,  PO Box 871003  Tempe, Arizona 85287-1003

 
•    GRE test scores are required. GRE institution code: 4007. For information about the GRE, see the ETS website.  While there is no minimum score required we do consider your GRE as part of the overall application.

 
•    In the online application process you will be required to submit a statement of academic and professional goals, approximately 3 pages, single spaced (submitted online with application). Please explain your educational and professional background, research interest, academic and professional goals, and how this program will fulfill your career goals. Successful statements should make clear why you have chosen to do an M.S. in Community Resources and Development.

 
•    In addition, a current resume will be required outlining your previous professional and academic activities.

 
•    During the online application process, you will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses for three references who can write about your personal qualities and qualifications for graduate studies, such as career history, credentials, leadership strengths, communication skills and ability to plan and conduct research. Letters from family or personal friends are generally inappropriate. Recommendations from previous academic professors or supervisors are acceptable. There should be at least two referees who are academic professors. Your three recommenders will be e-mailed a link to complete an online recommendation form.

 
•    International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores - TOEFL institution code: 4007. The minimum TOEFL requirement is 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT).  The minimum IELTS requirement is an overall band score of 6.5 (no individual band below a 6.0).  The TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken with the last two years. Applicants who have earned bachelor’s degrees or higher from an accredited university in the United States do not need to submit evidence of English proficiency. See additional details for international students.

 
•    You must provide proof of Measles Immunization before attending classes.

Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).

The Graduate College application evaluation process takes approximately four weeks before a file is processed and forwarded to the Graduate Program Director.

Only complete application files will be reviewed and considered for admission. All of these data points will be evaluated as a whole to determine admission.
You may start your application now by going to the Graduate College website.

 

Contact Information

For general questions about the Master of Science in Community Resources and Development, contact us at (602) 496-0550 or e-mail at scrd@asu.edu.
You may also wish to contact the M.S. Program Director, Dr. Gyan Nyaupane, about a particular interest or to schedule a consultation. Contact Dr. Nyaupane at (602) 496-0550 or by e-mail at gyan.nyaupane@asu.edu.
 
 

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