In a changing world
Masters. Certificates. Courses.
The Future of Learning is Now
Knowledge & Skills
Future Generations University helps people learn to shape better futures for their communities and the world. We specialize in the interdisciplinary field of Applied Community Development – how to start and scale-up community-driven change that is inclusive and sustainable.
The Future Generations Universe of Learning promotes inclusive
and sustainable community development worldwide.
From community-grounded research, extended through learning, and applied in action, alumni in 41 countries lead non-profit agencies, manage government departments, teach in universities, win elections to government, serve as international consultants, and organize civic movements for climate action and all seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
Learning at Future Generations occurs in three mutually reinforcing ways: online delivery extends knowledge; face-to-face exchange among students and professors occurs in video conference and field-based classes around the world; and, the application of learned skills takes place in student-led, faculty-mentored community labs.
Some of the skills learned are in:
Monitoring & Evaluating Programs
Sustainable Nature Use
Researching Social Change
21st Century Communications
Learning How to Change the World
No one understands the needs of a community better than the members of that community. By making the community the classroom, Future Generations allows each student to direct his or her learning to get the skills to achieve his or her own community’s goals.
Future Generations Allows Students to:
Join a world-circling community of experts and like-minded classmates dedicated to sustainable advancement of their communities
Go at their own pace, taking a single course at a time or three, finishing a Masters degree in two, three or four years, or a Certificate in as short as a year.
Attend class from home, office, or mobile device - No need to relocate to learn
Immediately apply learning in the real-world through Community Labs
See best practices in action on field-based courses, in the U.S. and in a wide range of countries
Earn credit for previous professional experiences to save money and graduate early
Master’s Degree in Community Development
The Master of Arts degree in Applied Community Development calls for student creativity, knowledge, leadership, and self-discipline. Students learn the art of changing their community – whether through career, volunteer commitments, or civic engagement. The art is learning how change emerges.
This graduate program is the only one of its kind. Ideas and skills from around the world become applied in each student’s locale. Communities function more effectively, moving toward goals fitted to their values and resources.
Learning begins in the Master’s degree (see ). After graduation, learning continues in a Global Network of Practitioners made up of Future Generations alumni (see ). A universe of learning grows in communities, by communities, as they continuously learn how to adapt to our changing world.
Students shape their studies around their priorities, driven by personalized learning plans. Each course helps students facilitate community action and improve the impact of their organizations.
We also offer a number of certificates. The most common is in Community Development, which builds a skill base in creating a sustainable future for students’ communities and can be a first step to the Master’s program.
Introduction to Community Change
Going to Scale
Change Your World
Monitoring & Evaluation
Courses can also be taken as a stand-alone. Check out upcoming offerings at
By teaching the SEED-SCALE method, Future Generations enables students to work within their communities toward any of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
For example, Rosie, a student in the M.A. program, organizes for community climate resilience in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley; her work advances her community toward SDG 14: Climate Action. Abeeba, who works in Malawi on women’s microcredit initiatives, focuses now on the hunger consequences from Hurricane Idai, toward SDG 2: Zero Hunger.
Students tailor their work for each course around their particular goal or interest. Progressing through the course of study, to demonstrate what they have learned and accomplished, they create a media-rich ePortfolio (left) that showcases their accomplishments on their chosen path.
Mobilization for the SDGs
The university’s curriculum is based on SEED-SCALE. It presents a comprehensive theory of change that prescribes a universal process for developing site-specific solutions to community-identified problems. Communities use what they have to advance to where they want to go.
The method empowers communities to drive local action toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It paves a path for local stakeholders to experiment with growing inclusive, sustainable change.
For the first time in human history, every country of the world has signed on to the same set of goals: the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In these, governments, many corporations, and donor agencies have shared targets to address poverty, health, education, peace, inclusion of all, and climate action.
Thus, in the SDGs the people of the world have a structure toward which to move forward, together. With SEED-SCALE, communities around-the-world have a method by which they can utilize structures and support from government, corporations, and donors. Future Generations gives the means of learning how to do this.
SEED-SCALE has a proven track record. From creating national parks in Tibet to improving rural health in Peru; from promoting peace in Afghanistan to empowering women in India, Future Generations has helped bring positive, lasting change around the world.
Next Learning Frontiers
at Future Generations
2020 - 2025
Learning growth unfolds on multiple levels. Future Generations’ distinctive community-based pedagogy is just beginning to deliver its potential.
Unlike campus-centered learning or distance learning’s typical Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOCs), Future Generations blends online and face-to-face instruction with a community focus of applied learning. Learning constantly weaves back into real-world challenges to re-direct change at the local level. Even better, geography is no longer a barrier to quality education. Reliable access to the internet is all that is needed for students to gain the tools they need to affect positive change in their communities.
The coming five years shall continue to evolve community-centered learning by:
Enhancing the Master’s degree, keeping costs low and increasing flexibility to grow enrollment
Creating Sustainable Development Learning Centers around the world, to advance regional collaboration among alumni and help expand the university’s global reach
Developing and improving methods for Community-based research programs
Working with Partner Organizations to create customized training programs
Future Generations is continually seeking out new partnerships to advance community-based learning around the world. Current partnerships exist with World Scouts, AmeriCorps, and Share & Care, with more on the way. We create custom-made training programs, developing webinars, one-day workshops, or longer-term training. Whether delivered online or in-person, Future Generations always offers applied learning with real-world results.
Opportunities for You
Joining this World-based Learning is Easy
Field-based Study Options
Vietnam: From War to a Development Model - January 2020
Washington DC and West Virginia: SEED-SCALE – June 2020
India: Gandhi’s Social Change Method – January 2021
Bolivia: Eco-tourism Ventures in the Amazon – TBD
Greece: Walk with Socrates – TBD
Community Development Training
Enroll in a Certificate on Community Development and choose classes to fit your needs
Plan a customized training curriculum for your organization’s staff or members
Sponsor an employee to upgrade their skills in the M.A. program (or enroll for yourself!
Interested? Visit learning.future.edu or contact us at
Not in a position to study yourself? Support education for students on the front-lines of community development with scholarships and financial assistance
Certificate Fee (non-credit): $150
Master’s Program Deposit: $500
Individual Course (3-credit): $1,500
Field-based Study for Low-income Students: $2,000 - $4,000
Partial Master’s scholarship: starting at $5,000
Full-ride Master’s scholarship: $18,000 (36-credits)