Capacity Development & Extension (M.Sc.)

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The Master of Science in Capacity Development and Extension (CDE) is a unique program in Canada that develops the core competencies of students for facilitating social and environmental change.

The program focuses on processes of learning, advocacy, leadership, communication and capacity development for rural/remote and small communities in Canada and around the world. Students will engage with society through service learning projects during their course work, and through applied research and a range of professional development activities.

This program is offered through the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD). More details on this program are available through SEDRD's Capacity Development webpage.

Application Information

Entry into the CDE program is in the Fall semester of each year only. Deadline for submission of applications is May 30th of each year.

How to Apply

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Meet Austin, CDE student

"I realized that I needed to complete my master’s if I wanted to pursue a life working in the development field. CDE offered the perfect opportunity for me to blend my skills and interests in a graduate setting, on a campus I love. My research is on developing new strategies for capacity development of agriculture in rural Ghana using digital radio." Read Austin's full Q&A here.

Meet the Profs

Say hello to the professors of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development in these 60 second snapshot videos. More faculty videos can be found here.

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Prof. Ataharul Chowdhury
Capacity Development
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Prof. Helen Hambly Odame
Social Analysis of Agricultural Innovation

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Contact Us

Lorena Barker
Graduate Program Assistant
519-824-4120, Ext. 56780

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