Do you want to learn more about grassroots community development, civil society, diversity, and being an agent and leader for social change? Our new master's degree prepares students to solve societal challenges in local and global communities.
Global trends increasingly affect local societies. Both individual citizens and local actors in civil society, religious organizations, churches, welfare, and health services have to adjust to new frameworks and situations of constant change. Are you looking for a future job where you can contribute to sustainable societal development? Do you want to acquire skills that foster cooperation and social innovation?
Starting from the UN sustainable development goals, this master's programme in Community Development and Social Innovation offers a platform for learning about co-operation and leading for change. Candidates will be prepared to initiate and nurture processes of interaction between different cultures and sectors in society (public, private, civil society), between varying secular and religious life stances and between professionals and volunteers.
This programme is offered in Oslo and Stavanger.
The programme has three different specializations on two campuses. You can study either in Norway’s thriving capital, Oslo – or in Stavanger, an international town on the west coast surrounded by stunning nature. Choose between the following specializations:
Diakonia, Community Development, and Christian Social Practice (Oslo) Diakonia has its value basis in a Christian tradition, emphasizing service to the world which is rooted in ‘being’ Church in different contexts, both locally and globally.
Value-Based Leadership and Social Innovation (Oslo) This specialization has a particular focus on social innovation and value-based leadership within social welfare and the health sector, in and outside of Christian and other traditions, beliefs and worldviews.
Migration and Intercultural Relations (Stavanger) In a globalized world, communication and engagement are key factors in building strong communities, and this specialization will focus on issues of diversity, engagement across boundaries, communication, and migration, including online and digital literacy.
Students must select one of the specializations when enrolling for the programme.
Studiet er engelskspråklig, men det er mulig å levere eksamensbesvarelser på norsk.
Please visit the course site for a full description of the entry requirements.
Please refer to our entry requirements and application guidelines on the course site.
1 February: International applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland not already residing in Norway (all applicants who need to apply for a student visa).
15 April: Applicants from EU countries and domestic applicants, who currently hold a Norwegian national ID number (applicants who do not need to apply for a student visa).