Arizona State University / Downtown

Community Resources and Development

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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 community development. 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 public, nonprofit, and private agencies. Students select one of the four emphasis areas: tourism; parks and recreation; nonprofits and NGOs; or sustainable communities. 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.

The Ph.D. program is a university-wide interdisciplinary degree. The core faculty engaged in this program are housed in the School of Community Resources and Development (SCRD) at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Our location in the heart of the fifth largest city in the U.S. and capitol of Arizona provides unprecedented access to a host of organizations, agencies, and businesses. It also provides a living laboratory for the study of issues facing communities today. The faculty is comprised of diverse individuals with a broad range of scholarly expertise and leadership abilities in the primary areas of study. In addition, the Ph.D. builds on current collaborations with faculty with related research interests from existing ASU departments, schools and centers. The program builds on the current mission of SCRD where the concept of building sustainable and healthy communities is the unifying principle in the focus areas of parks and recreation management, tourism development and management, nonprofit leadership and management, and community studies. Although students select one specific track, their scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. The degree prepares students for research oriented careers in universities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Gyan Nyaupane
Program Director
School of Community Resources and Development
College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Arizona State University

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