Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning & Development

Applications are not being accepted for this certificate through December 2015.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Development has two major objectives: to provide students with a firm grounding in land use and environmental planning, economic development; and planning for community and regional sustainability. These objectives are met through course readings, class lectures and discussions, case analyses, and problem-solving exercises in various community-based settings.

Those contemplating a career in local government, state government, or nonprofit organizations - and who are particularly interested in the fields of land use, economic development, and sustainability planning - are invited to discuss their goals with the coordinator of the certificate in community planning and development. Those who already practice in the field and wish to enhance their skills and understanding of the issues are also encouraged to discuss how the certificate in community planning and development could help advance their careers.

The certificate requires the completion of 12 credit hours of coursework. Students may select from among three specializations:

  • Land Use and the Environment
  • Community and Regional Development
  • Sustainability planning

Students may take other elective courses in the CPD program in addition to those listed below as part of their certificate program. Courses in the CPD core or in other graduate programs may also be included as part of the certificate if approved by the program chair.

Specialization in Land Use and the Environment (choose four courses; 12 credits total)

Specialization in Community and Regional Development (choose four courses; 12 credits total)

Specialization in Sustainability Planning (choose four courses, 12 credits total)

 Applications are not being accepted for this certificate for through December 2015.


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New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

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