In this post-recession economy, the government distributes $41 billion for urban development every year. Small business growth receives $1.5 billion. Another $3.5 billion goes to rural revitalization. Communities need the influx of money, but they also need civic-minded leaders who can apply it to local challenges. Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development teaches business management and social responsibility — skills you'll need to innovate solutions and manage critical community projects. With courses offered on campus and online, this program blends the best of both worlds by bringing together the convenience of online with the advantages of a physical campus.
SNHU’s MBA program is one of the most affordable in the nation and can be completed in just over a year. The community economic development degree is designed for community leaders, policymakers and practitioners who want to improve the socioeconomic well-being of their local areas. You'll get a values-based education that combines business with social justice and sustainable development. You’ll also develop projects that serve your business needs while simultaneously becoming a stronger, more capable leader.
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SNHU has offered community economic development graduate degrees since 1982, making ours the oldest CED program in the country. More than 1,400 alumni work at nonprofits, grassroots organizations, community development corporations and governmental agencies around the world. These professionals all share your passion for making communities better, and they can lend you their expertise while you study and after you graduate.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MBA at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Employees with a master’s degree earn 20 percent more on average than those with only a bachelor’s degree and almost 80 percent more than those without a degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They are also significantly less likely to be unemployed.
The need for civic-minded leaders remains strong as the U.S. rebuilds and revitalizes communities nationwide. SNHU’s MBA in Community Economic Development degree program educates practitioners and policy-makers who can make a difference in their local areas.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, urban and regional planning positions are projected to grow by 10 percent through 2022. These CED practitioners and others work in a variety of fields and organizations, including:
SNHU's MBA in Community Economic Development degree program combines a traditional business curriculum with classes focused on building local economies, empowering communities and developing entrepreneurs and leaders who will build and rebuild communities. Nine core courses provide a solid foundation in areas such as managerial accounting, information technology and quantitative analysis for decision-making. Four concentration courses apply your business education to the pillars of community growth, including:
This course covers market analysis and housing needs assessments, site selection and control, financial feasibility reports, the selection of a development team, methods of obtaining approval from various government entities, identification of private and public funding and subsidies, and various forms of ownership, including cooperatives and land trusts. Students also learn about the policy framework for affordable housing development, and the legal, institutional, economic, political and environmental factors that shape that framework.
This course looks at CED in urban (mostly United States) settings. Following a review of urban geography and changes in cities over time, the course examines strategies of business development, job creation, and neighborhood revitalization that are particularly relevant to cities. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of development partners, methods for fostering stakeholder involvement, and understanding the relationship between critical demographic, socio-economic cultural and capital investment/infrastructure related trends and priorities. Students explore case studies and identify best practices.
This course looks at how CED projects and organizations are financed, including the traditional and non-traditional and financial institutions involved; the various forms of financing that are possible; the factors involved in choosing the financing for a particular project; and the ways in which the choice of financing may influence a project's outcome.
Community economic development often requires an understanding of community organizing to successfully involve the community in the development process. This course acquaints participants with different models of community organizing. It also trains participants in specific organizing skills that can be used in their work as CED practitioners, including negotiation techniques.
This coursework may be exempt based on undergraduate coursework.
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course emphasizes the creation and interpretation of financial statements critical to an understanding of today's economy. Various financial topics related to financial statements are covered. Income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements are explored in-depth giving students an appreciation of how these statements are prepared and the standard accounting rules that apply to their creation.
This course provides a survey of the legal environment of business by looking at legal issues and regulations in a business context. The students assess the impact of business law on organizational decision making for informing strategic legal decisions. The course covers employment law, contracts, tort and product liability, internet law as well as other legal issues affecting the business environment. The students also assess the legal and ethical implications of US companies doing business abroad.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
This course focuses on the basics of business by introducing students to business environments in which they focus on the big picture, identify internal and external opportunities for growth, and manage resources. The course will also present students with management techniques to help them stay current and apply creative solutions to problems. Students will be introduced to the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work, and ethics.
Finance is the language of business, and in this course students will take their understanding of finance to the next level by using analytical skills when dealing with financial reporting. Students will apply financial and analytical skills gained in prior coursework, as well as principles of corporate finance, to business decision making. The course covers financial statements and other reports, the basics of financial forecasting and budgeting, and the communications and vocabulary related to financial statements.
The course focuses on personnel management at all levels: individual, team, and internal and external networks. With an emphasis on interpersonal skills, as well as strength-finders, students will learn essential concepts in conflict management, negotiations, and development of creative culture. Students will also learn how to establish productive relationships, motivate people, align teams and individuals to a vision, and drive change.
The course will focus on brand management and how marketing should be approached as a partner in strategic decision making, both internally and externally. Students will study strategic positioning, market opportunities, pricing strategies, market analysis, as well as product differentiation. SWOT analysis and the marketing mix will be covered in a decision making focus, together with the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work and ethics.
This course examines corporate culture and social responsibility, how to build a sustainable business, and how to promote corporate ethics and values. The course also looks at how to deal with group think, diversity and cultural awareness, civic engagement, and how to be at the forefront of using environmental and sustainable practices that have a positive global impact. The course will also examine personal ethics in relationship to corporate ethics, governance, and civic mindedness.
The course is a continuation of MBA 520 Accounting and Financial Analysis and focuses on effective business decisions using quantitative and qualitative data, microeconomic and macroeconomic variables, and internal financial priorities. The students refine operational and investment decision-making skills with respect to organizational sustainability and growth, mergers, debt vs. equity funding and capital markets. In addition, students are exposed to foreign currencies, foreign direct investment (FDI), and international trade.
This course focuses on the macroeconomic aspect of business, including governmental impact (local, national, international), by exploring public policy, regulatory bodies, regulations' impact on business, trends and current politics and their impact on business, power structures, and lobbying.
This course explores essential aspects of project management, the tracking and measurement of key performance indicators (KPI), and the use of current technology to create automation and sustainability. Students have the opportunity to examine technology management and operations management from a strategic perspective, creating a common view into the different layers of a business. In addition, students learn to collect, identify, and determine quality measures and use common methodologies and strategic planning processes.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the MBA program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
Tuition rates for Southern New Hampshire University's graduate degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as well as several other accrediting bodies. More...
This program is accredited by NEASC, but not currently accredited by ACBSP. It may be ACBSP accredited when it is eligible.