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With Penn State’s online MPS in community and economic development, you can gain the knowledge you need to navigate the complexities of communities and community organizations and inspire positive changes on a local, regional, and national level.
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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.

This Penn State World Campus online program enables you to more effectively implement community and economic development by building on the knowledge and skills you need to assist regions, communities, and community organizations with:

  • making effective and informed decisions
  • retaining jobs, creating and expanding job opportunities, encouraging entrepreneurship
  • encouraging effective citizen participation and involvement
  • understanding community institutions and processes that affect development and well-being
  • including diverse public, private, and nonprofit interests in local and regional decision making and capacity building
  • implementing land-use decisions and sustainable development
  • understanding the causes and consequences of economic, social, and population changes
  • using research and information to understand and shape economic and social change in communities and regions
  • adapting programs and practices to fit local situations and needs
Who Should Apply?

If you are a professional in community and economic development, or if you work with, or in, nonprofit organizations or government agencies, the MPS in Community and Economic Development offers you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills. The program is also appropriate if you are new to community and economic development and wish to learn about community and economic development issues and practices in towns, small cities, neighborhoods, and rural regions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Local Economic Development
  • Community Structure, Processes and Capacity
  • Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice
  • Leadership Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

    • All degree applicants are required to submit official or attested transcripts for each postsecondary institution attended, with certified translations if those records are not in English. Transcripts and any other requirements must be uploaded as part of the graduate school application. Upon admission and your acceptance of admission, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. 
    • Certificate applicants may be required to submit documentation in order to be considered for admission.  If transcripts are required for admission, international students must submit official or attested university records, with certified translations if those records are not in English. 

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    853 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    853 USD/credit
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