Community Planning

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The community planning certificate prepares administrators to engage in planning for local land uses and participate in a wide range of associated activities including economic development, housing policy, transportation analysis, environmental planning, and urban design. Ideal for practitioners seeking advanced careers in municipal or county management, and also relevant for managers in state and federal agencies concerned with planning.

The Graduate Certificate in Community Planning is designed to prepare public administrators to participate in community planning activities primarily at the municipal, township, or county level, but also in state agencies concerned with planning.

Course work is offered at night and online. Individuals may take these courses and earn the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in any degree program, or may complete it as part of the Master of Public Administration degree.

A grade of B- or better must be earned in the required courses to qualify for the certificate.

Required Courses
PAD 501 Introduction to the Profession 3
PAD 506 Public Policy for Managers 3
PAD 524 Capital Budgeting 3
PAD 553 Community Planning and Policy 3
PAD 554 Community Planning Tools 3
PAD 556 Community Economic Development 3
Total Hours 18