Earn your BS in Community Engagement & Education (CEED), plus a Master’s in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education (CFCEE) in as few as 5 years!

Through the BS in CEED program, you will prepare for a career in community-based organizations, foster care agencies, childcare centers, schools, and other community and educational institutions. The MS in CFCEE provides additional training to have an even greater impact in your work with youth and adults in these environments, teaching research skills and drawing from the fields of sociology, history, philosophy, and more.  The MS will make you eligible for positions that require a relevant MS degree.

Program Information Session

In this program, you will:

  • Explore the ways social forces affect urban schools and communities
  • Examine historical and philosophical foundations of community problems and leadership theory
  • Engage in policy analysis to develop creative solutions that promote social justice
  • Expand your skills for working in community-based organizations and schools
  • Gain preparation for entering a Ph.D. program for those interested

Why Choose This Program?

  • Save time – Total time to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree is 5 years, rather than 6
  • Save money – Pay undergraduate tuition instead of graduate tuition for the first six credits of the MS in CFCEE degree program, and take up to 21 fewer credits overall
  • More support – Students admitted to the Accelerated Program have undergrad and graduate faculty advisors to help them succeed
  • Expertise – Work closely with internationally known faculty who have a wide range of research interests

How Does the Accelerated Program Work?

The document below provides two examples of how the AMD applies to students, depending on their degree progress in the CEED BS degree program.

Examples of Credit Benefit for Students in Different Credit Situations (PDF)

CEED-CFCEE Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Student FAQ

CEED-CFCEE MS Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Student FAQ (PDF)


This list provides a sample of actual positions held by alumni of the Masters Program in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education. It gives a sense of the broad diversity of jobs our graduates have found with the background provided by the degree.

Sample of Nonprofit Organization and Government Careers

Position TitleOrganization
Youth Programs ManagerKellogg PEAK Initiative
Program and Policy AnalystDepartment of Children and Families
College Access & Success Services Mgr.Boys and Girls Clubs
Program CoordinatorLa Causa
Grants ManagerHoward Area Community Center
Manager of Community EngagementMedical College of Wisconsin
Program DirectorHolton Youth and Family Center
Assoc. Director, Instit. for Child Well-BeingMedical College of Wisconsin
Program CoordinatorMilwaukee LGBT Community Center
Director of ProgramsMilwaukee Christian Center
Executive DirectorWalker’s Point Youth and Family Center
Program Officer, Workforce DevelopmentBader Foundation
Director of Workforce PlanningAurora Health Care

Sample of K12-Education Careers

Numerous teachers and administrators have completed the program, working in a wide range of places, including:

  • Milwaukee
  • Kenosha
  • Racine
  • Wauwatosa
  • Oneida Nation
  • Auburn, AL
  • Brazil
  • among many other locations

Sample of Higher Education Careers

Position TitleOrganization
Student Advisors
UW-Milwaukee, Madison College, others
Director, Roberto Hernandez Center
Scholarship Program Director
Mount Mary University
Director of Multicultural Affairs
Carleton College
Assist. Director, MKE Scholars Program
Interim Co-Director, 4-H
UW Department of Extension
Administrative Manager Madison College
School Intervention Program Manager
Medical College of Wisconsin
Director of External RelationsUW-Milwaukee

PhD Programs

Students often go on from the Masters program to pursue PhD’s in a range of related fields.



Program Admission Criteria

Continuing/Transfer Students
  • Declared undergraduate major in CEED
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Approximately 41 credits or more remaining for BS degree, including 15 remaining credits of non-Ed Pol electives (you must be admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Program prior to taking courses that will count toward the Master’s Degree, between 54 and 90 credits or junior year).  Students with more undergraduate credits may be approved, but will not be able to double count as many credits.  Credits from the MS program can only count for non-Ed Pol credits in CEED
  • Advisor approval from the Ed Policy (CEED) department
High School Graduates
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 for all high school work
  • Admitted in good standing to UWM

Application Process

1. Start by meeting with your undergraduate academic advisor to determine your eligibility. Ideally, you should meet with your advisor as early as possible to ensure you have room in your undergraduate program to begin taking courses toward the graduate degree after you have taken 36 undergraduate credits (third year student). If your advisor feels you can proceed with the application, they will submit a request to change/add a program, plan, or subplan (depending on your major) which will be forwarded to the program coordinators.

2. Submit an email to apply to the Accelerated Master’s Degree program coordinators (below) with these required materials:

  • Transcript (unofficial okay); minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (entering first year students high school students can submit high school transcripts)
  • Personal statement (at least 500 words, no more than 2 pages, explaining your personal and professional interest in the particular field of study and reasons for pursuing an accelerated degree)
  • Two recommendations: Two individuals familiar with your academic work should complete the Accelerated Program recommendation form. Any letters of recommendation are optional, but must be accompanied by the recommendation form. You may download a copy that can be completed and emailed here or send this link to your references. CEED-CFCEE Undergraduate Recommendation Form (PDF)

3. If your Accelerated Degree application is approved, you will be notified and the program/plan/subplan will be matriculated in PAWS. All students in this Accelerated Master’s program will be expected to attend an informational meeting with the full program at the start of every semester.

4. Continue with your undergraduate coursework until it is time to register for two graduate-level courses (six credits) in your senior year. Up to 15 undergraduate, non-Ed Pol electives should be left untaken, so that the maximum number of credits from the MS program can double-count back into the BS degree.  For courses with U/G status, for these six credits, you must follow the syllabus and grading scale designated for graduate students. NOTE: In order to earn graduate credit for these courses, you must receive a grade of “B” or better.

5. Upon completion of the BS degree credit requirements, apply for BS degree completion to have your undergraduate degree conferred. This can happen once the credits that will double-count back from the MS program have been completed.  (The MS degree cannot be conferred if your BS has not already been conferred.)

6. At the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you need to formally apply to the Graduate School. Students already in the accelerated program will complete the application for the “Accelerated Degree program” in Panthera. Admission to the accelerated program does not guarantee admission to the MS program at that time, as you must meet the requirements for the MS program.


profile photoRaquel Farmer-HintonAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesrfarhin@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 523
profile photoKalyani RaiAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-2587kalyanir@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 519
profile photoRajeswari SwaminathanProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studiesswaminar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 557
profile photoJavier TapiaAssociate ProfessorEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-5261jtapia@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 563
profile photoAaria TroianoTeaching Faculty IIIEducational Policy & Community Studies(414) 229-4724atroiano@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 529


We invite you to explore these brief interviews with Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education MS graduates. Learn how the degree supported their careers and about the jobs they are doing now.

Alberto Maldonado
Graduation: 2010 Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education
Position: Director, Roberto Hernandez Center, UWM

Anna Gibson
Graduation: 2019 Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education
Position: Social Studies Teacher, Whitefish Bay School District

Millie Coby
Graduation: 2006 Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education
Position: Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives Manager, Employ Milwaukee

Kevin Foley
: 2014 Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations and Community Engagement and Education
Position: Administrative Manager, Madison College

Angie Cervera
Graduation: 2005 Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations and Community Engagement and Education
Position: English Teacher, Racine Unified School District