Deadlines and Important Dates
Applications are accepted for each academic semester and are reviewed by the program's faculty committee upon submission; the priority application deadlines are as follows:
- July 1 for fall semester admission
- November 1 for spring admission
- April 1 for summer semester* admission
*If summer courses are not offered, admission will be deferred to a future semester.
An application is not complete until all materials have been submitted. Please review the entire application process, and proceed accordingly. Admission decisions are provided within 3–4 weeks upon submission of a completed application.
Our administrative coordinator is available to discuss with you your educational goals, certificate curriculum, application deadlines, and questions about the community and economic development certificate and/or the master's degree in community and economic development. Contact us at CEDEVInfo@psu.edu, call 814-863-5884, or visit our program page.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
You are expected to have completed 6 credits in social sciences — preferably 3 in economics and 3 in sociology — in your undergraduate program.
Within the online application, applicants will need to provide the following items:
Completed application (including a nonrefundable application fee) submitted electronically. All institutions previously attended (including Penn State) should be listed on the application as part of your academic history, regardless of time that has passed, grades earned, semesters completed, or the accreditation of the institution.
Short statement of interest. The online application contains an area to write this statement, which may address your reasons for pursuing the certificate program, why you feel you are a good candidate for the program, and any information you would like the admissions committee to know about you personally/professionally.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with some exceptions. Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page.
One set of unofficial transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate course work completed at an accredited institution, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. Mail transcripts to:
CEDEV Graduate Program
The Pennsylvania State University
305 Armsby Building
University Park PA 16802
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the CEDEV Graduate Program at email@example.com or (814) 865-6223.
How to Apply
To apply to this program, you must complete the Graduate School application.
- Review the Requirements for Graduate School Admission
- Begin the Graduate School application
- Choose "Login with Existing Account" or "Create a New Account"
- Start a new application
- Choose "Certificate Admission"
- When you get to the "Campus, Certificate, and Semester" page:
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
- Choose "COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT" as the certificate
- Choose the semester you would like to start