Degree programs

Advancing the well-being of our local and global communities

Arizona State University's School of Community Resources & Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our local and global communities through instruction, research and service. We provide use inspired research and experiential academic programs in the areas of: Nonprofit Leadership & Management, Parks & Recreation Management, and Tourism Development & Management.  Each program shares an interdisciplinary focus, and a common passion for promoting the public good.

Get ready to be a part of the ASU experience. You will be joining a group of faculty, students and staff truly that are as committed to effecting change as you are. We’ll challenge you to take on a problem that is important to you—and throughout your time with ASU, you’ll have a chance to test ways to find a solution.

You’ll be joining the largest transfer student group at ASU when you join our College. We have dedicated resources to help you make that transition and hit the ground running. You are already on your way to a degree, let’s take the next step.

You have already accomplished a lot – and clearly have your sights set on more. We have some of the top rated programs in our fields and your ideas, experience and commitment to public service will make a great addition to our endeavors. Whether you are pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree, you will find faculty and fellow colleagues to be among the top thought-leaders in their fields.

We have a strong population of veterans among our students—and like programs across ASU, welcome you to our team. You’ll find a wealth of resources directed specifically to your needs, and many of our programs fit in areas in which you bring skills, knowledge and passion. You’ve already committed to furthering our country, let us help you take the next step too.

Minors & Certificates

Students may pursue certificate programs along with a major, minor, other certificate program, or independently as a non-degree seeking student. For a full list of available minors and certificates offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions, please visit the Watts College of Public Service minors & certificates page.

College-wide Programs

Emergency Management & Homeland Security, MA

The MA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree blends concepts of public policy and management, criminal justice, science and technology to enhance and foster critical thinking. This degree transcends boundaries of traditional programs and emphasizes a systems approach. More specifically, an all hazards/all-threats orientation provides the student with a generalist perspective which is critically important for today’s and tomorrow’s disaster managers. 

Program Evaluation, MS

The MS in Program Evaluation is a college-wide program in which all of the Schools in the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions participate. The degree provides students with a solid grounding in the applied and conceptual tools of conducting program evaluations.  It is designed to provide graduate level instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in a broad spectrum of evaluation research methods.  Upon graduation, students will be specialists in this area of research and their training will have broad applicability for public, private and nonprofit sector programs and policies.

Public Safety Leadership & Administration, MPLSA

The Master of Public Safety Leadership and Administration is offered by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions at the Downtown Phoenix campus. The degree prepares students with skills and knowledge to manage and assume positions of leadership in public safety organizations. This program is appropriate for those who hold an undergraduate degree in a variety of majors such as criminology, public safety and public administration and wish to supplement or update their skills and knowledge base. Several courses are available online.