Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Community and Economic Development(Graduate Certificate)



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Community and Economic Development

Format: Online

Program Description:

The quality of life in communities around the world depends on well-trained, highly educated leaders and professionals who understand the theory and practice of community and economic development. If you currently work with, or are interested in working with, communities, community organizations and stakeholders, or on a range of community and economic development issues at the local, regional, or national levels, this program is for you. The community and economic development certificate program provides graduate-level courses for entry and midcareer professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and skills for dealing with quality-of-life and development issues in neighborhoods, towns, small cities, and rural regions. The program also meets the needs of those who are considering a career in community and economic development and want to find out if this profession is right for them.


Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $761 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+