Changing Communities, Changing Lives

The Community and Economic Development (CEDEV) graduate program at Penn State can help you learn how to navigate the complexities of communities and community organizations and inspire positive changes on a local, regional, and national level.

Community and Economic Development (Master of Professional Studies)
Learn how you can positively influence quality-of-life and development issues in urban neighborhoods, towns, and rural regions. This program offers training in theory, practice, and techniques for addressing social, environmental, and economic issues in a community setting.
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Community and Economic Development (Graduate Certificate)
Learn to identify and understand the interconnections that exist within a community and the forces affecting the community from outside and use this information to think critically about development and change. The credits earned in this certificate program may be applied to the Master of Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development.
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All courses in the CEDEV programs are taught by professors who are active researchers and professionals in the field, providing you with a balance of academic expertise and real-world experience. You can expect the same high-quality, academically challenging courses as those taught in the classroom, and you gain the convenience of studying whenever and wherever you want.

The CEDEV curriculum will help you develop critical thinking about:

  • effective decision-making in communities
  • evaluating causes and consequences of economic and population change
  • job creation, retention, and expansion, and entrepreneurship
  • citizen participation
  • land use and sustainable development
  • community structure and processes that affect development and well-being

Students say that course work in this program has immediate application to their career, elected office, or volunteer activities, and has helped them make their communities stronger, more sustainable, and better places to live and work.