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Graduate Certificate in Community Processes

The Graduate Certificate in Community Processes offers graduate students and professionals a unique opportunity to develop expertise in how spatial and relational communities form and function in today's society.

A vital part of the certificate is working in community facilitation processes or community analytical processes.

This certificate is offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Rural Sociology, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and the School of Law.

This certificate is for:

  • Graduate students seeking certification in addition to their degree program.
  • Professionals with at least a bachelor's degree seeking a stand-alone graduate certificate for additional professional certification.

How to apply

Visit the MU Office of Graduate Studies certificate section to see the requirements and process for admission.

Courses and Plan of Study

  • Total credit hours: 12
  • Six credits may double-count toward your degree program.
  • With the approval of the director, in lieu of 6 credits from their degree program, students may use 3 credits from their degree program and transfer-in 3 credits. The transferred credits must correspond directly to the MU graduate certificate program course requirements.
  • Students must begin and complete the certificate in 3 years.
  • Choose one of two tracks: Community Facilitation or Analytical Processes for Communities
    • Required course for both tracks: RS 7325: American Community Studies (campus and online).
    • One basic course from the list for that track
    • Remaining two courses from the list of basic and supporting courses of either track

Community Facilitation track

Skills for working with groups and communities

Required course: RS 7325: American Community Studies (campus and online).

Basic courses: (choose at least one)

  • RS 7341: Building Communities from the Grass Roots (1-week intensive)
  • PA 8610: Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution (campus)* or
  • Law 5450: Conflict and Conflict Management (campus)*
  • PA 8630: Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context (campus)

* Only PA 8610 or Law 5450, not both, can count toward the certificate

Supporting Courses:

  • RS 7342: Empowering Communities for the Future (1-week intensive)
  • RS 7343: Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (1-week intensive)
  • PA 8150: Foundations of New Governance (campus)
  • RS 9480: Community Survey Research (campus)
  • Law 5750/PA 8866: Local Government Law (campus)
  • Law 5700 Land Use Controls (campus)

See the course catalog for course descriptions.


Analytical Processes for Communities track*

Analytical skills for decision-making, or working with communities or decision-makers

*Students taking the Analytical Processes for Communities track must have statistical analysis through multiple regression and basic macro- and micro-economics

Required course: RS 7325: American Community Studies (campus and online).

Basic courses: (choose at least one)

  • PA 8340: Regional and Economic Development Policy
  • AE & PA 8350: Regional Development Issues and Analysis (campus)

Supporting Courses:

  • AE 9320: Regional Theory and Methods (campus)
  • PA 8150: Foundations of New Governance (campus)
  • PA 8320: Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs (campus)
  • RS 9480: Community Survey Research (campus)
  • Law 5750/PA 8866: Local Government Law (campus)
  • Law 5700 Land Use Controls (campus)

See the course catalog for course descriptions.