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Huston Gibson, PhD
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Graduate Certificate in Community Development

The graduate certificate in community development consists of 12 credit hours of foundation and theories coursework in community development and electives to allow students to pursue subtopics such as land development, housing, community economic strategies, immigrants in communities and sustainable communities. Interested in a master's degree down the road? A major benefit of the K-State community development certificate is the ability to apply all 12 credits to the master's degree in community development. 

The program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) with faculty from five institutions teaching in the program: Kansas State University, Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University. With K-State as your home institution, all courses taken will be shown as K-State credit on your transcript.

Careers in Community Development

This certificate program serves community leaders, practitioners and those committed to people and places in fields such as:

  • community and regional planning
  • economic development and entrepreneurship
  • community health and wellness
  • anti-poverty programs
  • cooperative extension
  • housing and infrastructure
  • non-profit organizations
  • parks and recreation
  • natural resource management
  • public administration
  • applied sociology
  • tribal, immigrant, refugee and youth programs


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Graduate Certificate in Community Development is offered through the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning in the K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Graduate Certificate Program
College: Architecture, Planning and Design
Credits: 12
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $580

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