Planning and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

Planning and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

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Planning and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

Planning and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate in Planning and Community Development offers you a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive education in planning and community development to help you further your career goals. The program is tailored to students seeking a credential in the field, but who are not in need of a complete master’s degree.

Planning and community developers work to improve the physical, economic, social and environmental qualities of their communities as they design and implement programs that make communities better places to live and work.

You will learn how to identify issues confronting your communities and design strategies for change through community planning, urban and regional planning, citizen participation, community design, economic development, advocacy and sustainable development.

Program Highlights

  • Available online, on campus or a combination of both
  • 18-credit program with students able to waive up to nine credits with permission from the program director
  • Tailored to students seeking a credential in the field, but who don't need a master's degree
  • Up to 12 certificate credits could be counted toward the Master Degree in Public Administration

Program Distinctions

  • An interdisciplinary program, the program provides students with a concentration in core courses related to general planning, such as land use planning, heritage preservation and design, environmental planning and local economic development
  • Faculty research interests encompass historical, cultural, economic, physical and environmental geography and geographic information systems (GIS

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 1 Aug. 1
Spring Dec. 1 Dec. 1

Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment acknowledgement form (PDF) as a part of their application for admission.

Planning and Community Development (Graduate Certificate)

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Chukwunyere Ugochukwu

Popular Careers

  • Architects
  • Business managers
  • Economists
  • Elected officials
  • Public agency managers
  • Non-profit professionals

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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