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What will I learn?

The need to develop effective social policies, programs and communities with the power to confront complex challenges has never been more urgent. As we continue to witness large-scale climate change, as well as political and economic crises worldwide, we require scholars and community sector professionals to reflect on how they can contribute to progressive change and lead projects that inspire civic engagement.

The Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development provides you with an environment to investigate Quebec and Canada’s social and solidarity economy in a broader context. Our faculty members are actively involved in the community and social economy sector, allowing you to benefit from their scholarship and practical knowledge as you explore the evolution of community economic development, community organizing and different theories of economic change. In today’s context this includes the new and growing interest in social innovation as it generates uncharted paths for community based social and economic transformation.

Our diverse student body is comprised of community sector professionals and students with volunteer experience in a variety of organizations. Many courses in our curriculum are participatory and enriched by the collective experiences of our cohort. Montreal’s own history of community-based activism and economic development will serve as a backdrop as you participate in a field project with a community organization.

To obtain the Graduate Diploma in CED, students will have to obtain a minimum of 30 course credits and a minimum GPA of 2.70. Courses offered by the program are divided between required core courses, open sessions, a project, as well as elective courses. A typical progression through the program takes one year (three semesters):

Fall Semester: three required courses (9 credits) and one open session (1 credit);

Winter Semester: two required courses (6 credits), first four months of the student’s project course (3 credits), and one open session (1 credit);

Summer Semester: two elective courses from the areas of concentration (6 credits), the last four months of the student’s project course (3 credits), and one open session (1 credit).Students may take either two courses (Part I and Part II) in a single area of concentration, or one course (Part I) in two areas of concentration, subject to available resources. (All Part II courses require successful completion of Part I in the same area of concentration).

A Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development prepares you for careers in various community organizations, including anti-poverty, urban and housing development, women’s rights, and immigration. Many of our alumni have started their own social enterprises, like alternative daycares, Laundromats, consumer cooperatives, cafés, as well as the importation and sale of equitable fruits to major distributors. Other career opportunities are available in government and local community economic development agencies, health clinics, education, and unions.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30-credits)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fee: CAN $24,392 - CAN $29,209 for 30 credits
Start date

Expected September 2021


Faculty of Arts and Science

Loyola Campus,

7141 Sherbrooke St. W.,


Quebec (QC),

H4B 1R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants may required to have a 4 year Bachelor Degree. Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

To be admitted to the program, potential participants will generally be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or a B, and must be able to read, write, and express themselves in either English or French.

Each applicant’s background and learning goals are fully considered by the Program’s Admissions Committee.

Applicants need to submit a two-to-four page personal statement in which they outline their particular field(s) of interest, what they expect or hope from their studies within the Program, how these expectations or hopes tie into their professional or personal goals, their strengths and weaknesses, and what they expect, from their specific strengths, to contribute to the advancement of CED. As well, a brief resume (CV) is required to gain more global appreciation of the applicant’s background.