M.A. in Community Based Education

The Master of Arts in Community Based Education invites students to learn within the communities they hope to serve.

The Masters of Arts in Community Based Education program is designed to serve two related professional fields: 1) individuals working with and for nonprofit organizations engaged in educational outreach and 2) urban teachers who are working to build connections with the community as part of implementing place-based education strategies.

The program will develop leaders who understand how issues of equity and diversity impact both schools and communities. Graduates will be equipped to act as leaders capable of transforming communities, engaging local citizens, and developing and enacting educational experiences that empower children, youth and adults.

Effective calendar year 2025, this program will move to a fall term only admit process.  To start in this program in 2025 or beyond, the application priority deadline to have all materials in will be March 15 and the hard deadline for applications will be May 15.  Applications submitted by these deadlines will be reviewed as they are received.

The MA in Community Based Education will develop leaders who understand how issues of equity and diversity impact both schools and communities.

What will I Learn?

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Community Based Education will:

  • Have the skills necessary to develop, implement and evaluate informal educational experiences
  • Establish and sustain collaborations with schools and other community groups
  • Identify and write grants to support the development of educational programs
  • Use and conduct research to support the development and implementation of educational programs.

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the M.A. in Community Based Education.

Admission Requirements

Students must submit the following items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Completion Requirements

Before exiting from the M.A. in Community Based Education, you need to complete two steps:

  1. Apply for graduation
  2. Submit an Exit Survey

Exit Survey:

The purpose of this survey is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development. The Exit Survey is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit survey.

Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)
[email protected]

Academic Advisor

Christopher Burke



Christopher Burke, Ph.D.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burke please contact:

CEHHS Office of Student Success
email: [email protected]
phone: 313-593-5090.