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Community Engagement [Graduate]

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Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta
Enterprise Square
10230 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 4P6
E-mail mace@ualberta.ca

General Information

The Community Engagement Graduate Program in the Faculty of Extension offers an in-depth theoretical examination of the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of community engagement, along with critical analysis of related evidence-based research, and the opportunity to gain practical experience in the application of this growing field. The Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE) degree is an interdisciplinary graduate program designed for those seeking to provide reflective and informed leadership in community engagement and sustainability applied to industry, postsecondary education, government, and not-for–profit settings. The MACE program is a thesis-based degree comprised of coursework in theory and analysis of community engagement, collaboration, partnership development, cultural awareness, research methodology, project management, and policy development. An opportunity for practical experience is available to all students through the community service-learning component within the MACE program.

Entrance Requirements

The minimum admission requirements are those set out in the minimum acceptable standards in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. These include a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent in a relevant field from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale over the last ★60 credits; preference will be given to those with community-based experience; and if required (see Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research  ) a minimum overall score on an approved English language examination as described below. PTE Academic score of at least 59; a minimum acceptable TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or a total score of 92 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based); or a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6 on each test band, on the IELTS. Applicants should arrange for their English language test results to be sent directly to the Faculty of Extension.

Applicants are required to provide

1. A current curriculum vitae 

2. Three letters of reference 

3. At least one year of relevant experience is preferred 

4. A letter of not more than 800 words that outlines the anticipated research topic(s) or areas of thesis research. The applicant should identify appropriate faculty members from the Faculty of Extension as potential supervisors.

The Degree of MA in Community Engagement Program Requirements

Students must complete the following:


Two graduate-level courses (★6) approved by the student’s supervisor.


Successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the area defined in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee. The scope and quality of the thesis should be appropriate to form the basis of a refereed journal publication.  Students are required to present the results of their thesis at a student seminar prior to their defence.

Length of Program

Students may undertake the MA on a part-time or full-time basis. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is four years (part or full-time) from the date of registration.

Graduate Courses

Graduate course can be found in Course Listings , under the subject heading Community Engagement (MACE). 

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