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Certificate in Community Development

This program offers skills in organization planning, leadership development, and program evaluation. The program allows established and emerging professionals to broaden their perspective on urban-development programs in an inter-disciplinary learning environment by including knowledge from psychology, public service, sociology, geography and liberal studies.

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 16-quarter hours of graduate credit. Each course carries four-quarter hours. No more than two courses earned toward the certificate shall come from one department. Please note that the list of courses is subject to change.

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 571METROPOLITAN PLANNING4
Select three of the following:12
GEO 441
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MLS 404
THE CITY
MPS 526
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
MPS 572
POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND PUBLIC POLICY
MPS 573
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PSY 493
ADVANCED COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 680
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOC 420
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
SOC 426
URBAN DEVELOPMENT POLICIES

Students may also enroll in the following elective courses, with permission of the program director and often the approval of the instructor. Generally, participants will be limited to one (1) of these courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
MPS 529
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
MPS 575
STUDY ABROAD SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/INSTITUTIONS
PSY 495
GRANT WRITING IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 520
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN DIVERSITY
PSY 567
SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 569
SEMINAR IN PROGRAM EVALUATION
SOC 423
RESEARCH ON URBAN CULTURES

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Non-degree seeking students

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Complete a DePaul University School of Public Service graduate admission online application; submit undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts (a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale is recommended but not required for admission); and a resume.

Students enrolled in other DePaul graduate degree programs

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Complete a DePaul University School of Public Service graduate admission online application. Submit a resume.​