Community Development 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.

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 of Norway, surrounded by stunning nature. Students must select one of the specializations when enrolling for the programme.

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.This specialization seeks to equip persons for community development and innovative work in various intercultural contexts in Western as well as global contexts.

Application deadline
Formal prerequisites

For admission we require a bachelor's degree within social sciences, humanities, theology, religious studies, health or social work.

All applicants must also meet our general requirements

Tuition No tuition fee
Degree level Master, 2 years
City Oslo
Credits 120.0