The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) sequence is an interdisciplinary program that enables those who are passionate about social change through service to take their careers to the next level. The sequence is designed for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and students with other development experiences (e.g., AmeriCorps, nonprofit work). The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development coordinates these programs for Fellows, who spend an intense year on campus followed by 11-month paid professional practice. ACED sequence students have a graduate assistantship in the fall and spring semesters on campus prior to field work. Students pursuing this sequence receive a solid and relevant educational opportunity to pursue careers in community and economic development in the United States and around the world.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
You may only apply to one of the Applied Community and Economic Development programs at a time.
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
Submit the following:
Your statement of purpose should address:
Minimum GPA: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or nine or more hours of coursework in a master's program
You need to have successfully completed an undergraduate economics class.
If you do not meet this requirement, you may still be admitted to the program, but will be expected to take a course prior to starting your graduate study.
Complete the Anthropology - Applied Community and Economic Development sequence graduate assistantship application. Only applicants selected for both admission and the assistantship are admitted to the Applied Community and Economic Development sequence.
Applicants who submit all materials according to the posted instructions and by the posted deadlines, and whose materials indicate potential for success in their chosen program, will complete a required interview (by phone or in person).
GRE scores are not required for your application. However, if you wish to submit them, you may.
Scores do not play a significant part in our decision-making process for admission. GRE scores may help your application if you did not have strong undergraduate grades but do have strong GRE scores.
Use institution code 1319 if you want to submit your scores. It will not be held against you if you do not submit GRE scores as part of your application.
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The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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