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Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Engaging with communities is of growing importance to industry, government, and the non-profit sector, from pipelines to homelessness. But doing engagement well requires an understanding of the theory, practices and processes that inform it. The Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE), offered through the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, is an interdisciplinary, thesis-based degree that prepares students for the study and practice of community engagement. MACE is open to both full-time and part-time students, and requires a minimum of two years for completion. Theory and practice are linked iteratively through coursework, a community-engaged practicum and thesis research. Through their practicum and thesis research students engage with community to address pressing social issues. The MACE program is designed for individuals from a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experiences, who are interested in developing their skills and knowledge to leverage community-based research and practice for social change. Applications to the MACE program are accepted yearly from October 15 – January 15. For further information go to: or email:

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