Community & Social Change M.S.Ed.

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Career Outcomes

We prepare leaders, activists, advocates, administrators, consultants, evaluators, managers, organizers, program developers, and researchers to play a variety of roles in a many different types of community settings, including: 2- and 4-year higher education; foundations; health and human service agencies; preschool and K–12 education systems; community development; architectural, planning, and environmental organizations; corporations; for-profit and nonprofit organizations; government systems – legislative and executive branches of local, state, and the federal government; research centers; independent consulting groups; evaluation firms; community-based organizations; advocacy groups; religious institutions; neighborhood groups; and public policy and community planning and development organizations.

What Do Our Graduates Do Now?

  • CEO, Educate Tomorrow (Non-profit organization with a $2.5 million budget providing educational opportunities to disadvantaged children).
  • Director of Education, YES Institute
  • District Chief of Staff at U.S. House of Representatives
  • Assistant Solicitor General - Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General
  • Director, Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED), Miami Dade College
  • Program Coordinator, Breakthrough Miami
  • Special Assistant to the CEO, Global Health Corps
  • Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, Collaborators Consulting Group
  • Manager, Alumni Leadership Development, Teach for America
  • TEFL Manager, Peace Corps China
  • Editorial Officer, The Miami Foundation
  • Director, Community Capacity Building, United Way of Southern Nevada
  • PhD student in Applied Social and Community Psychology Program, North Carolina State University
  • PhD student in in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education, The Ohio State University
  • Immigrant Rights Program Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee

Why CSC program at UM?

  • Classes meet one weekend a month hence allowing full time working professionals to achieve a work-life-school balance.
  • Miami is a vibrant multicultural and international city serving as the gateway between Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. It is an exciting time to be at the University of Miami as we strive to be a “hemispheric” university that serves as a bridge between cultures and continents.
  • We also are known for training students in communication and presentation skills, especially strong writing, and students are regularly required to present their work using a variety of mediums – videos, kecha-pucha, powerpoint, op-eds, Wikipedia entries etc.
  • Because of our strong emphasis on research and theory, our graduates are highly prepared not only as practitioners but also as potential candidates for Ph.D. and other doctoral studies.
  • We also offer a Thesis Track that includes doing a master’s thesis research project to prepare interested students in becoming competitive candidates for potential Ph.D. and other doctoral studies.
  • Dual Degree Programs - The University of Miami offers a joint J.D./M.S.Ed. program allowing students to earn a J.D. in Law and an M.S.Ed.- Master of Science in Education in Community and Social Change in 3 to 3.5 years. This joint degree is ideal for J.D. students with an interest in public interest law. The combined degrees provide globally aware leaders:
    • An additional set of knowledge and skills in community organizations
    • Background in the essentials of research methodologies in social and behavioral sciences
    • Increase in leadership skill strength based on both theory and practice
    • The skills to create, inspire and engage community organizations to foster well-being in diverse community settings
  • Our track record is exemplified by our graduates: A great majority (90%) in 2018 acquired middle- and upper-management positions in the human service and government sector, and 10% pursued graduate studies.
  • Students have the option of taking 3 courses as electives out of all graduate courses offered at UM to gain individualized specialization and customize the program to their career goals.
  • Gain experience working with communities while you are in the program through service-learning projects in coursework, practicum and capstone projects.
  • Gain experience in community based participatory research experience by joining research teams of CSC program faculty.