Community Processes Graduate Certificate

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.

The certificate is available to graduate students and professionals:

  • 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

The Community Processes certificate is offered jointly by the Agricultural and Applied Economics program, Rural Sociology program, Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and the School of Law.

Program Study Areas and Requirements
To earn the Community Processes certificate, students must begin and complete the certificate program in 3 years. Students specialize by choosing the Community Facilitation track or Analytical Processes track. Course requirements vary by track. Credit hour requirements are the following.

  • Total credit hours: 12
  • Six credits may double count toward your degree program.
  • With the director’s approval, in lieu of 6 credits from their degree program, students may use 3 credits from their degree program and transfer 3 credits from another institution. Transferred credits must correspond directly to the MU graduate certificate program course requirements.

Community Processes graduate certificate
Graduate certificate plan of study

Community Facilitation Track
Through the Community Facilitation track, students learn skills for working with groups and communities.

To earn the certificate, students must complete one required course, choose from one basic course within the Community Facilitation track and select two courses in the basic or supporting courses lists of either the Community Facilitation track or Analytical Processes for Communities track.

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 or

Law 5450

Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution (campus and online) or

Conflict and Conflict Management (campus)*

PA 8630 Organizational Change in a Community and Global Context (campus and online)
Supporting Courses
RS 7342 Empowering Communities for the Future (1-week intensive)
RS 7343 Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities (1-week intensive)
PA 8150 Collaborative Governance (campus and online)
RS 9480 Community Survey Research (campus)
Law 5750/ PA 8866 Local Government Law (campus)
Law 5700 Land Use Controls (campus)

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

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Analytical Processes for Communities Track
Students who choose the Analytical Processes for Communities track learn analytical skills for making decisions or working with communities and decision-makers. They must have background in statistical analysis through multiple regression and basic macro- and microeconomics.

To earn the certificate, students must complete one required course, choose from one basic course within the Analytical Processes for Communities track and select two courses in the basic or supporting courses lists of the Community Facilitation track or Analytical Processes for Communities track.

Required Course
RS 7325 American Community Studies (campus and online)
Basic Courses (choose at least one)
PA 8340 Regional and Economic Development Policy (campus)
AE & PA 8350 Regional Development Issues and Analysis (not currently available)
Supporting Courses
PA 8150 Collaborative Governance (campus and online)
PA 8320 Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs (not currently available)
RS 9480 Community Survey Research (campus)
Law 5750/PA 8866 Local Government Law (campus)
Law 5700 Land Use Controls (campus)

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Certificate Process and Policies
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Admissions
The admissions process varies by whether a student enrolls in a degree program and seeks a certificate to enhance his or her degree program experience or whether the student is a certificate-only student. The University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies facilitates the admissions process.

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