M.P.S. Online

Community and Economic Development

12 months
1007 USD/credit 30210 USD/year
1007 USD/credit 30210 USD/year
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Learn how you can positively influence quality-of-life and development issues in urban neighborhoods, towns, and rural regions. This online Community and Economic Development degree program at Pennsylvania State University offers training in theory, practice, and techniques for addressing social, environmental, and economic issues.


Gain the skills needed to address the social, environmental, and economic issues in communities, towns, small cities, and urban neighborhoods. Community and economic development professionals help people build community capacity; develop sustainable communities; enhance the local economy, infrastructure, and services; and work with the community members to build shared visions of the future. 

With the online MPS in Community and Economic Development at Pennsylvania State University, you can gain the knowledge you need to navigate the complexities of communities and community organizations and inspire positive changes on local, regional, and national levels.


Community and economic development graduates often go on to work for state and local governments, industrial development authorities, chambers of commerce, major corporations, utilities, nongovernmental organizations, or consulting firms as:

  • directors
  • community service coordinators
  • extension educators
  • development specialists
  • research and project managers

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories, Principles, and Institutions of International Development
  • Launching Community Ventures, Nonprofits, and Organizations
  • Principles of Local Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship in the Community
  • Resilient Communities and Environments
  • Leadership Development
  • Population, Land Use, and Municipal Finance

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. 
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • In addition, applicants are expected to have completed 6 credits in social sciences, preferably 3 credits in economics and 3 credits in sociology, and 3 credits in statistics in undergraduate work.
  • English Proficiency
  • References (3)
  • Résumé — Upload your résumé vita or to the online application.
  • Personal Statement OR Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    30210 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1007 USD per credit during 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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