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Bachelor of Community Development (BCD) Acadia University




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Community Development is an exciting field of study focused on developing fundamental skills and methodologies that will allow you to work face-to-face with communities and improve conditions for others. This program leads to highly rewarding careers, making a difference to the people in your communities.

Acadia’s Community Development professors share knowledge, provide service, and develop leaders who work for a healthy and just society. Choosing to study community development will help you develop the skills needed to improve quality of life for others and to build active, healthy, sustainable communities. You may choose to maintain a broad focus or specialize in one of four areas: recreation management, community wellness, social activism, and outdoor and adventure education.

You will improve your communication and leadership skills and learn how to work effectively in group and multi-stakeholder settings. You will learn how to work collaboratively within government, political, and economic systems and policies. Your skill set can be applied to various career paths and will appeal to a wide range of employers and sectors.

  • Co-op available: Yes
  • Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Future Careers

  • Active living and health promoter
  • Community developer
  • Community planner
  • Counsellor
  • Ecotourism coordinator
  • Lawyer
  • Outdoor educator
  • Recreation manager
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Special events planner
  • Teacher
  • Teambuilding/group facilitator

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Community Development (BCD).

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

CAD$17,884.00 (9,81,805) per year




Acadia University

15 University Avenue,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B4P 2R6, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed a senior high school.

English Language Requirements

Acadia's English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL - 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS - 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL - 70 with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - 176 with no subtest score below 169
  • MELAB – 80

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