The Graduate Certificate in Economic Development is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities.
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Admission to the Certificate Program requires status as a graduate student in good standing at Virginia Tech, either as a current degree student or as a non-degree certificate student. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 semester hours of coursework is needed for admission to the Graduate School. Non-degree students whose undergraduate GPA was above 2.75 but below 3.00 may apply for admission under Commonwealth Campus status. Official transcripts must be submitted. Once admitted to the VT Graduate School, please fill out the following graduate certificate application form and submit it to the Graduate School:
UAP 5234: Urban Economy & Public Policy
UAP 5104: Urban & Regional Development Theory
UAP 5784: Local Economic Development Planning
UAP 5774: Economic Development Studio
All credits for the Certificate must be 5000- or 6000-level courses and must be graded on an A-F basis unless they are only offered on a Pass/Fail basis. All courses must be taken from programs in Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs with at least nine in Urban Affairs and Planning. The Certificate is offered at both the Alexandria and the Blacksburg campuses.