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:
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.
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)
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...
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