Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning & Development
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Development provides a unique combination of land use planning and economic development skills which permits students who do not wish to pursue a full master's degree or are uncertain whether to do so the opportunity to take courses and gain an understanding of the basic elements of managing community growth and the forces that shape community growth, and to influence those forces responsibly and effectively. The certificate provides students with a grounding in land use and environmental planning, economic development, law and policy analysis, infrastructure programming, and growth management. The program also develops an understanding of economic, social, legal, ethical, and political contexts within which decisions about land use, economic growth, and environmental protection are made. These objectives are met through course readings, class lectures and discussions, case analyses, and problem-solving exercises in various community-based settings.
Individuals contemplating a career in local/state government or nonprofit organizations, who are particularly interested in the fields of land use, economic development, and environmental policy, are invited to discuss their goals with the chair of the Community Planning and Development program. Those who already practice in the field and wish to enhance their skills and understanding of the issues are also welcome.
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Students select four courses (12 credits) from among the following courses from the graduate Community Planning & Development program (at least one course must be selected from each of Groups A and B).
The Certificate requires the completion of twelve credit hours of coursework. At least one course must be selected from each group.
Group A: Land Use and the Environment
- CPD 660 Introduction to Community Planning
- CPD 661 Planning Law
- CPD 664 Principles of Town Design
- CPD 668 Local Environmental Planning
Group B: Community and Regional Development
- CPD 615 Citizen Involvement and Dispute Resolution in Planning
- CPD 652 Introduction to Community Development
- CPD 667 Housing and Real Estate
- PPM 650 State and Regional Economic Development
Students may propose other courses from the CPD program to be included in their certificate. The chair of the CPD program should approve these courses BEFORE enrollment in the course.