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Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies- Community Studies

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At a Glance

Community Studies explores issues of social justice and social change as they relate to community-based organizing, community economic development, education, and social movements.

Q: Why take the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies- Community Studies?

A:

In an age of rapid change, employers and professional associations want workers with wide-ranging educations who are capable of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, critical thought, teamwork, and social awareness.

Q: How long would it take to complete?

A:

Finish this program in as little as 2 years of full-time study, or work at your own pace to complete your requirements within 6 years.

The expected normal completion time is 3–4 years.

Program Overview

Participate in an interdisciplinary online master’s program that integrates theories, methods and practices from the arts, humanities and social sciences.

With Athabasca University’s Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MA-IS)- Community Studies, you will learn to think holistically, critically and reflectively. You will find the connections and points of overlap between specialized and generalized knowledge. You will also learn problem-solving skills and policy-making strategies.

Community Studies explores issues of social justice and social change as they relate to community-based organizing, community economic development, education, and social movements. It will be of interest to students working with community groups, the non-profit sector, social enterprises, and social economy organizations; those interested in CED theory and practice for social change; and adult and distance educators interested in social transformation in both developed and developing world contexts. Your program will finish with a final integrated project or capstone paper that will exercise and explore your newly acquired skills and knowledge.

You can choose to complete this project in a grouped study capstone course, or through an individual study project that will allow you to:

  • explore a question or issue that’s important to you
  • relate your research to a work or life situation
  • address a community problem

Why take the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies- Community Studies?

In an age of rapid change, employers and professional associations want workers with wide-ranging educations who are capable of:

  • multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches
  • critical thought
  • teamwork
  • social awareness

MA-IS develops these skills and prepares grads to envision and pursue innovative solutions to a variety of problems.

Program details

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MA-IS) is a 33-credit online master’s program. You must complete 18 credits through Athabasca University.

You may register in MA-IS courses anytime as a non-program student, and if you want to apply to the program, there are 2 intakes each year. The application deadline for program students is March 1st if you want to start in September, and September 1st if you want to start in January. Please see our FAQ.

MA-IS courses are offered in online grouped study and individualized study formats. Grouped study courses have defined start and end dates. Individualized study courses begin on the first day of every month, year-round.

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