Penn State's 30-credit, online Master of Professional Studies in Community and Economic Development emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to economic and community development. The program balances theory and practice and offers examples and opportunities for you to consider application of these concepts to real issues facing communities and regions.
The course topics include:
- perspectives on development, democracy, and decision making
- economic development planning
- structures and processes of communities and community organizations
- land use, population change, and municipal finance
- leadership in communities and nonprofit organizations
- methods and techniques of community and economic development
Collaborative Experience, Practical Applications
The community and economic development curriculum uses a blend of web technology, print, and other media to provide an effective balance of flexibility and interaction.
Students communicate with faculty and each other through discussion forums, chat rooms, and email. The learning environment is collaborative and designed so that students can share their knowledge and experiences and learn from each other. The curriculum and course format offer theoretical understanding of sociological and economic development concepts and application of those concepts to effective community and economic development practice. Students have noted that they can immediately apply what they have learned in the courses to their jobs or elected positions.
In addition, please contact [email protected] for information about optional webinars we are designing that focus on applications and practices for community and economic development, giving students an opportunity to interact with faculty members, fellow students, alumni of the program, and other practicing community development professionals in a virtual environment outside of the "classroom" setting.
The program requires:
- completion of 7 core courses (21 credits)
- 3 to 6 credits of elective course work
- 3 to 6 credits to complete a master's paper (may be based on a project or internship) that integrates theory and practice on an issue or topic of your choice