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The Nautilus - Fall 2005

Master of Community Development degree to begin in January

The Master of Community Development degree is designed for architects, government planners, real estate developers and community activists.

The University will launch its much-anticipated Master of Community Development (MCD) degree program in January 2006. The first of its kind in the nation, the program is designed for such practitioners as: architects, government planners, real estate developers, community activists.

The program was spearheaded by School of Architecture (SOA) Dean Steve Vogel, who successfully secured a $25,000 gift from a 3M Vision Grant Initiative for program development, and was developed by a diverse group of UDM faculty from multiple colleges and schools including the colleges of Liberal Arts and Education and Engineering and Science.

The 36 credit-hour graduate program promotes a holistic approach to community development by offering concentrations in four areas: economic development, human development, organizational development, and physical development. To further promote a broad-based perspective on community development, the program is delivered by faculty from across most disciplines within the University with an emphasis on team teaching. The utilization of “co-” program directors from different disciplines further emphasizes the program’s interdisciplinary nature.

Administratively housed in the SOA, the program is co-directed by Assistant Professor of Architecture Will Wittig and Assistant Professor of Counseling and Addiction Studies Nancy Calley. It is rooted in three primary ideological foundations comprised of service, social justice, and sustainability. As such, the program is designed to educate future community developers who vividly reflect the values inherent in UDM.

For more information on the program, visit the MCD website, or call or e-mail Will Wittig at 313-993-1519 or