Today’s urban leaders must keep cities economically healthy, often in the face of declining populations, aging real estate, and a host of other challenges. The graduate certificate program in Urban Economic Development provides the skills and knowledge necessary to develop real-world strategies for overcoming these obstacles. The program is designed for working professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of urban economic development issues, as well as graduate students enrolled in urban planning, design, and development degree programs.
The Economic Development faculty and the certificate program work with the following collaborating research centers:
- Center for Economic Development
- Center for Public Management
- Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center
- Northern Ohio Data and Information Services
Degree-seeking graduate students who hold regular admission status may be admitted to a certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements detailed in the admission section of the Graduate Catalog. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a university graduate certificate.
Urban Economic Development Certificate Admission Requirements:
- Submission of application for licensure admission and application fee.
- Official transcripts confirming completion of baccalaureate degree, completed master’s degree, or completed JD degree.
- Students must meet one of the following admission criteria:
- For bachelor's degrees earned within the past six years, the applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA for the bachelor’s degree of 2.75 (4 point scale),
- OR if the bachelor's degree is more than six years old, the applicant must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA,
- OR a minimum GRE score of the 50th percentile,
- OR completion of 12 graduate level credits at CSU with a minimum "B" in each course,
- OR completion of regionally accredited U.S. masters or Juris Doctorate degree.
Submit application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
2121 Euclid Ave
Attn: Application Processing Center
Cleveland, OH 44115
To facilitate the admission process, it is strongly recommended that applicants use the online application system. The processing time for paper application forms is longer.
The certificate program consists of two required courses and two electives. All courses are four (4) credit hours.
A grade of B or better in UST 300 Economics of Policy Analysis or UST 603 Public Finance and Economics or their equivalent, is a prerequisite for the certificate program. The program coordinator for this certificate will make rulings about whether a course is equivalent to UST 300 or UST 603.
Two required courses:
- UST 605: Urban Spatial Structures
- UST 629: Economic Development Finance
Students choose two electives:
- UST 524: Distressed people, Distressed places
- UST 622: Economic Development Policy
- UST 626: Workforce Development
Certificate students must maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.
Urban Economic Development certificate classes are taught by Cleveland State University faculty, researchers, instructors, and professionals working in the region.
- William Bowen, Professor
- Benjamin Clark, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center
- Brian Mikelbank, Associate Professor
- Jim Robey, Part-time Faculty
- Robert Simons, Professor