Program Information

The Master of Community Engagement is a 36-credit program.

Students may take up to two courses as a non-matriculated student before formally applying to the program. Students may be interested in taking a class or two in topics relevant to their work or professional interests.  Please contact the Graduate Admission office for more information.

Core Courses

The core of our program emphasizes social justice and the role that schools, colleges and communities can and should play in a democratic, pluralistic, and complex society. These courses provide a foundation in community engagement and social justice.

  • ED 640G - Diversity and Social Justice
  • ED 691G - Community Engagement: Theory and Practice
  • Fellowship or Assistantship seminar

Concentration Courses

Students take additional courses relevant to their concentration, Community Organizations, K-12 Education, or Higher Education.




  • CME 525G - School, Family, and Community Partnerships*
  • CME 550G - Positive Youth Development*
  • CME 521G - Nonprofit Leadership and Management*
  • CME 540G - Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Development*
  • ED 667G - University-Community Relations*
  • ED 671G - Theories of Adult Learning and Development*


Fellows take a yearlong Fellowship seminar that corresponds with their fellowship experience; traditional students completing qualifying assistantships may also take the course. 

Capstone Alternatives

Three unique capstone pathways are available for students. 




  • ED 610G - Research Methods
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone in Community Engagement
  • CME 535G - Social Justice Education in Action
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone in Community Engagement
  • CME 530G - Social Policy for Children and Families*
  • GRAD 590 - Capstone in Community Engagement


Students choose electives for the remainder of their courses. Fellows have two electives; traditional students have three. Courses in other graduate programs may be take as an elective with approval of the program and advisor; note that other graduate program have their own fee structures which affects fellows and traditional students.

Academic Advising and Course Registration

Advising is provided by the Director of the Community Engagement program. Students will consult with the program director regarding course registration and electives. After conferring with the program director, students involved in the fellowship program will be registered for classes directly by the program. Traditional students will register online for courses.

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