Applied Science, MAS (Community Development)

Master of Applied Science Degree with a Specialization in Community Development

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $590.00
  • $590.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Community Development Specialization, a part of the Master of Applied Science (MAS) program, equips students with the tools and experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions. The coursework is designed to teach critical and creative thinking, ethical consideration and the value of careful planning for all stakeholders. 

Choose this program because: 

  • You are interested in working towards positive change by engaging citizens in the decision-making process. 
  • You want to be challenged to think globally and consider the big picture from a systems perspective to address challenges and find solutions within changing communities. 
  • The degree project, which replaces a traditional master's thesis, is of immediate value in your workplace for career advancement.  
  • As part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), this program provides you with diverse perspectives on the field. You enroll in courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln even though courses may be taught by other Great Plains IDEA member institutions. You will receive your degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The requirements for this program include 36 credit hours of community development coursework including a 3-6 credit hour degree project.

This program is designed for students who:

  • Enjoy working with others to find solutions to local problems. 
  • Are passionate about working in urban communities, rural areas or tribal communities. 
  • Work with communities and want to enhance their skills, knowledge and credentials. 
  • Volunteer in their community and want to be even more effective in community development.

This program is ideal for professionals working in areas such as:

  • Community, regional and local planning departments 
  • Economic development organizations 
  • Community health and wellness 
  • Cooperative extension services 
  • Housing and infrastructure agencies 
  • Natural resource management 
  • Parks & Recreation Offices
  • Tribal Programs 
  • Non-profit organizations focused on community enhancement

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.