Community Economic Development (GrDip)

Concordia University
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Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development is for students who want to contribute to progressive change and civic engagement, at a time when complex, large-scale challenges are affecting societies around the world. You will explore the evolution of community economic development, community organizing and different theories of economic change. Today this includes the growing interest in social innovation and how it generates uncharted paths for community-based social and economic transformation. Our faculty members are actively involved in the community and social economy sector, allowing you to benefit from their scholarship and practical knowledge. Our diverse student body is comprised of community sector professionals and students with volunteer experience in a variety of organizations. Montreal’s history of community-based activism and economic development will serve as a backdrop as you take part in field projects with various local organizations.

The Graduate Diploma in CED is offered in English beginning in the Fall of even-numbered years and in French beginning in the Fall of odd-numbered years.

Program structure

15 credits – Core Courses

SCPA 502 - Comparative Approaches and Models in CED (3 credits) SCPA 503 - Fundamental Skills for CED Practice (3 credits) SCPA 504 - Community Organizing and CED (3 credits) SCPA 505 - Social Enterprise Development and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

3 credits – Open Sessions

6 credits – Project

SCPA 511 - CED Field Project, Part II (3 credits)

6 credits – Elective Courses (chosen based on area of concentration)

SCPA 508 - Financing CED Initiatives: Part I (3 credits) SCPA 509 - Financing CED Initiatives: Part II (3 credits) SCPA 515 - Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part I (3 credits) SCPA 516 - Housing and Land Use from a CED Perspective: Part II (3 credits) SCPA 522 - Communications, Technology and CED: Part I (3 credits) SCPA 523 - Communications, Technology and CED: Part II (3 credits) SCPA 529 - International Development and CED: Part I (3 credits) SCPA 530 - International Development and CED: Part II (3 credits) SCPA 536 - Aboriginal CED: Part I (3 credits) SCPA 537 - Aboriginal CED: Part II (3 credits)

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.70.
  • Two-to-four page personal statement outlining the applicant’s field(s) of interest, strengths and weaknesses, expectations and hopes from their studies, how these expectations tie into their personal and professional goals, and what they expect to contribute to a better understanding of community economic development.
  • Ability to read, write and express oneself in either English or French.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Application process


International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

Tuition & funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

  • Course-based
  • Internship

Take the opportunity to gain valuable training in Public Policy and Public Administration. Secure a paid internship with government agencies in Ottawa and pursue a career in the public service and non-governmental organizations


Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Montréal , Canada