Community Engagement

On Campus
Thesis Based
Main Campus

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The Community Engagement Graduate Program in the School of Public Health 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 offers both a course-based and 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 students through both the practicum in the thesis-based and the community engaged applied research capstone project in the course-based MACE program.


The Faculty's minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree in a relevant field with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 units of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

At least one year of relevant community-based experience is preferred.

Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement ). Any of the following is acceptable:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 100 with a score of at least 21 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based), or equivalent;
  • An equivalent score on an English Language Proficiency test approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Applicants are also required to submit the following:

  • CV or resumé.
  • One sample of academic writing from thesis route applicants.
  • Three letters of reference (at least one from an academic referee).
  • A letter of intent which (a) specifies how the completion of this program would support professional and personal goals; (b) identifies a provisional research topic; and (c) explains how the applicant's interests align with research being done by faculty members in the School of Public Health.

The applicant should identify appropriate faculty members from the School of Public Health as potential supervisors.


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



Program Information:
Community Engagement Program

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