Economic Development Certificate Program

The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Economic Development program is to provide knowledge and skills for those currently employed or pursuing careers in economic development.  Economic development professionals are typically employees of state and local governments and development agencies, Chambers of Commerce, regional planning organizations, and engineering firms who ensure that local and regional economies develop in a manner that is consistent with citizens’ values and desires.  The certificate program focuses both on the theoretical underpinnings of development as well as the management of economic development operations. The graduate certificate program was developed with the needs of working professionals in mind.  All courses are offered in a blended format with intense in-person meetings and interactive, Web-based evening classes. 

The main objectives of the program are to provide students with the following:

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of economic development, including business retention and expansion, business attraction, and entrepreneurship.
  • Skills needed to manage modern economic development organizations.

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