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How long will it take?

The certificate is a 12-credit-hour program that can be completed in two semesters.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall:

  • Early deadline: February 15
  • Regular deadline: April 1
  • Late deadline: June 1

Spring:

  • Early deadline: October 1
  • Late deadline: November 1

Summer: Does not admit

Planning and Economic Development, Graduate Certificate

The certificate program in Planning and Economic Development provides a credential for students preparing for careers in the public, private or nonprofit sectors that require familiarity with planning and economic development concepts and methods. This certificate is not intended as a substitute for a professional degree in planning, but as an opportunity to supplement another graduate degree.

Program Details

A completed application includes the following materials submitted online. Do not submit paper copies:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application Fee:  A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Goal Statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short, typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write about two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State, and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores (Optional): The GRE of the Educational Testing Service is optional. However, the GRE is strongly recommended for any applicant whose undergraduate grade-point-average (UGPA) is below 3.0. If submitting GRE scores, official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by GA State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS academic scores.
  6. Upload Transcripts from each Post-secondary College/University Attended:
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application or upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

The certificate is composed of 12 credit hours of courses, including:

  • Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective Course (3 credit hours)

View Curriculum Details

This certificate program provides courses covering planning theory, planning methods, and urban and regional theory, plus an opportunity to select electives in a single substantive planning specialization such as economic development planning, health planning transportation planning, environmental planning or land use planning.

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This certificate program provides courses covering planning theory, planning methods, and urban and regional theory, plus an opportunity to select electives in a single substantive planning specialization such as economic development planning, health planning transportation planning, environmental planning or land use planning.

Contacts

Public Management and Policy
Phone: 404-413-0107
Fax: 404-413-0104

Office Location:
14 Marietta Street, NW, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing address:
Department of Public Management and Policy
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992

Program Director
Cathy Liu
Email: cyliu@gsu.edu

Academic Assistance
Email: AYSEnroll@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta St. NW, Suite G-52
Atlanta, GA 30303

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.