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The MS degree in community resources and development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. The master's degree program prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the fields of tourism, parks and recreation management, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, and sustainable communities.
Students choose between two academic options: the thesis or the professional option.
Required Core (15 credit hours)
CRD 500 Research Methods (3)
CRD 502 Statistical and Data Analysis (3)
CRD 530 Community Services Management (3) or advanced inquiry course (3)
CRD 552 Critical Issues (3)
CRD 555 Theoretical Perspectives in Community Development (3)
Electives (9 or 15 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
CRD 593 Applied Project (6) or
CRD 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
Completion of the master's degree in community resources and development requires two years of study, on the average. Students may select a thesis or applied project. The thesis option is a research-oriented program and is recommended for students planning to continue graduate studies beyond the master's degree. The applied project option is intended for students seeking additional knowledge and expertise relevant to professional career development. Advising and direction in both options are under the direct supervision of an assigned faculty member.
Students in the applied project option take CRD 530 as part of their core coursework, and students in the thesis option will instead take an advanced inquiry course.
Students in the thesis option take nine credit hours of elective coursework, and students in the applied project option take 15 credit hours of electives.
The thesis must be defended in an oral examination before a supervisory committee of at least three faculty members, one of whom resides in another department.