The MSc in Capacity Development & Extension at the University of Guelph is aimed at students interested in acquiring the theoretical foundation and applied interdisciplinary skills for agricultural knowledge management, rural and environmental communication, adult learning, organizational change and leadership.
Unique in Canada, CDE is a research-oriented program, designed with two kinds of student in mind: 1) those interested in the scholarly study of knowledge management and learning processes for agricultural, rural and remote communities in Canada and/or internationally; and 2) mid-career educators, community activists and communicators interested in familiarizing themselves with the scholarly literature in this field and in pursuing a specific research project. While some previous study or work related to local or international community development experience is preferred, this is not a requirement for entry into the MSc in Capacity Development & Extension Studies, and we welcome applicants of all disciplinary and professional backgrounds.
All MSc students are considered for fellowships, awards, teaching assistantships and research assistantships.
In addition to course work, students write a thesis or major research paper on a topic approved by his/her Advisory Committee. The THESIS option requires that students complete six courses (three core courses, plus two restricted electives, plus one open elective), in addition to the thesis. The MAJOR PAPER option requires that students complete eight courses (three core courses, plus four restricted electives, plus one open elective), in addition to the major research paper.
For further info on courses and program requirements go to: https://www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd/capacity-development
CDE students may also wish to include a second degree designation in International Development Studies. This entails an additional graduate seminar course and 3-4 half-credit course requirements, depending on the student’s undergraduate degree. For more info see: http://www.ids.uoguelph.ca/site/contact-us
Application deadline: April 1