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Overview

The Community and Social Change Master’s program is a 30-36 credit program designed to prepare a new generation of creative leaders for the not-for-profit sector who are knowledgeable in the research, theories, and practice of individual and social well-being. The vision of the program is to be a hub for innovative and applied leadership in community well-being and social change. The mission of the program is to prepare globally aware leaders, researchers, and agents of change who create, inspire, and engage community organizations to foster well-being in diverse community settings. The program is designed to develop community leaders who can help understand and address the real challenges faced by local communities in a multi-cultural and global context. The program is designed to accommodate a variety of students by offering courses in a unique format that incorporates the following domains;

  1. Core theory and skill-building coursework,
  2. Core research coursework, 
  3. Experiential field experience (practicum), and
  4. Capstone requirement (Independent project).

Application Requirements

Admission to all graduate-degree concentrations in the School of Education and Human Development is based on the recommendation of the faculty. Admissions decisions are based on faculty review of the following general requirements that apply to all Graduate Programs in the School as well as specific documents listed under each concentration.

Applicants must:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirements may be waived for applications to Spring 2021 and following, pending final approvals. However, if the GRE is required for admissions, applicants must achieve acceptable scores on the GRE taken within the past five years. International applicants whose native language is not English or applicants whose degrees are from a non-U.S. University must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) and the GRE;
  • provide official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an acceptable undergraduate grade point average. A minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required. Official transcripts from every institution attended by an applicant, whether or not the applicant completed a degree program at the institution, are required;
  • provide three letters of recommendation that address the issues and meet the criteria established by the program being applied to;
  • provide a personal statement that addresses the mission and purpose of the program being applied to;
  • resume;
  • take part in an admissions interview (required by some programs); and
  • exhibit personal and professional experiences and characteristics that are relevant to the profession and/or field and/or degree program for which the application is being submitted.

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

In addition to the factors listed as general requirements for all applications to the SEHD’s graduate programs, consideration for admission to the M.S.Ed. program will include the following:

  • For Community and Social Change (EPS): Professionals who have worked full-time for at least three years in a not-for-profit setting may apply for a waiver of the GRE requirement. Please contact the program directly for conditions governing this waiver.

International Applications

All international applications must provide additional information and meet additional requirements as required by the UM Graduate School and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. For an appropriate link to these requirements, please visit the Graduate School website.

Admission Decision

Once an applicant has been admitted to graduate study, that individual should meet with the faculty advisor who was appointed to serve in that capacity and whose name appears in the admissions letter. This advisor will help the student enroll in courses that are appropriate to the program; to develop and to refine a Course Sequence Plan that must be on file in the Office of Graduate Studies by the end of the first semester of enrollment.

Honor Code/Handbook of Policies and Procedures

The School of Education and Human Development follows the Graduate School’s Honor Code. All students are required to review the Graduate Student Honor Code and the School of Education and Human Development’s Handbook of Policies and Procedures for Graduate Students and submit the signed Acknowledgement of Receipt located on page 3 by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

Curriculum Requirements - Regular Track

Core Courses
EPS 622Community Well-being and Change: Theory and Practice3
EPS 623Development and Change in Community Organizations: Theory and Practice3
EPS 624Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences3
EPS 625Program Evaluation3
EPS 626Multicultural Communities in a Globalized Society3
EPS 628Social Change Praxis3
Practicum Field Experience
EPS 629Seminar in Community and Social Change3
Electives/Cognate9
Select 9 credit hours of electives 1, 2
Total Credit Hours30

 Curriculum Requirements - Thesis Track Option

Core Courses
EPS 622Community Well-being and Change: Theory and Practice3
EPS 623Development and Change in Community Organizations: Theory and Practice3
EPS 624Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences3
EPS 625Program Evaluation3
EPS 626Multicultural Communities in a Globalized Society3
EPS 628Social Change Praxis3
Practicum Field Experience
EPS 629Seminar in Community and Social Change3
Research Methods Courses
EPS 700Quantitative Methods I (or EPS 714 Qualitative Methods I / EPS 715 Qualitative Methods II)3
EPS 725Seminar in Community Well-Being3
Elective Course3
Select 3 credit hours of electives 1, 2
Thesis Track Option
EPS 810Master's Thesis6
Total Credit Hours36

This is a sample Plan of Study. Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings. Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EPS 622 Community Well-being and Change: Theory and Practice 3
EPS 623 or 624 Development and Change in Community Organizations: Theory and Practice
or Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences
3
MLL 6XX 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
EPS 625 Program Evaluation 3
EPS 626 Multicultural Communities in a Globalized Society 3
IGS 6XX 3
 Credit Hours9
Summer
EPS 628 Social Change Praxis 3
COM 6XX 3
 Credit Hours6
Year Two
Fall
EPS 624 or 623 Essentials of Research in Social and Behavioral Sciences
or Development and Change in Community Organizations: Theory and Practice
3
EPS 629 Seminar in Community and Social Change 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30

Mission

The mission of the program in Community & Social Change (C&SC) is to prepare globally aware leaders, researchers, and agents of change who create, inspire, and engage community organizations to foster well-being in diverse community settings. 

Goals

Program objectives include:

  • Produce students who understand the constructs of well-being and how to apply them in community-based work settings;
  • Produce students with an awareness of their values and how these impact their work in communities, as well as students who can critically think about and evaluate community based organizations, community and human services and programs; and
  • Produce students with skills that translate across diverse settings and a basic understanding of emerging technology as it relates to community and social change efforts.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of their values and assumptions and be able to think analytically, logically and critically about social problems and solutions.
  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the theories and practices of community and social change by the time they graduate.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of multicultural settings and the components necessary to work with competence in diverse settings.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to organize and communicate information effectively and incorporate technology and digital media.