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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.

Students must begin and complete the certificate in 3 years.

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

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 Graduate School certificate section to see the requirements and process for admission.

Courses and Plan of Study

Total credit hours: 12

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

Choose one of two tracks: Community Facilitation or Analytical Processes for Communities

  • One basic course from the list for that track
  • Remaining two courses from the list of basic and supporting courses of either track

Six credits may double-count toward your degree program.

In lieu of 6 credits from their degree program, students may use 3 credits from their degree program and transfer-in 3 credits with approval of the director. The transferred credits must correspond directly to the MU graduate certificate program course requirements.


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)
  • PA 8630: Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context (campus)

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)

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)
  • AE 7310: Local Economic Analysis (on-line only, 1-credit)
  • PA 8150: Foundations of New Governance (campus)
  • PA 8320: Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs (campus)
  • RS 9480: Community Survey Research (campus)

See the course catalog for course descriptions.