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.
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 program 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.
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 online MBA at SNHU include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 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.
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 13% through 2026.* 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:
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
$40 Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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