University of Alberta: Community Engagement (BS)

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada

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Community Nutrition
Masters Degree
General info


In this program, you will undertake an in-depth examination of the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of community engagement, as well as learn about research and engagement methodologies. You will also gain practical experience working with community, as you complete your own thesis research project with the support and guidance of academic experts.


This thesis-based program is offered to full-time and part-time students interested in the study and practice of community engagement in a variety of settings. 

Program Plan

The Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE) includes three core courses (MACE 501, MACE 502, and MACE 503), three graduate-level electives, a community experience practicum, and a written thesis based on the student’s original research project. 

Electives may be taken through any faculty; one of the electives must be a graduate-level course in research methods. Some potential electives are listed in our Student Handbook. For additional graduate level courses, consult the University of Alberta calendar, but discuss course selection with your advisor/supervisor prior to enrolment to be sure it aligns with your program. 

The practicum component of the program takes place through Community Service Learning Experience, a graduate-level course offered by the Faculty of Extension in partnership with UAlberta’s CSL.

Minimum admission requirements

·       Four-year degree from a recognized university.

·       Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent) on a 4-point scale.

·       Where applicable, demonstrated English language proficiency (see details below).

English language proficiency

Where applicable, English language proficiency must be demonstrated through either of the following:

·       TOEFL: minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or total score of 100 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based).

·       MELAB: minimum score of 85.

·       IELTS (academic): minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 5 on each band.

·       CAEL: overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest.

·       PTE (academic): overall minimum score of 68.

Alternatively, students who have successfully completed the Faculty of Extension course EAP 550 will have met the minimum English language proficiency requirement for admission to graduate studies at the University of Alberta. More information about EAP 550. 

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