Community & Economic Development

  • Planning and Community Development (L 563)
  • Local Economic Development (L 622)

One of the following:

  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)

The remainder of the course work comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Community and Economic Development concentration to your own specific interests. Working with your advisor, you'll select from many elective options, a sampling of which are below:

  • Approaches to Development (D 576)
  • Introduction to Comparative and International Affairs (D 578)
  • Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration (F 609)
  • Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (F 610)
  • Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (F 667)
  • Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
  • The Planning Process (L 563)
  • Urban Management (L 564)
  • Management of Urban Government Services (L 568)
  • Strategic Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (M 602)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
  • Sustainable Development (S 596)

Combining your Community and Economic Development concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Public Management or International Development—may offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design you program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.

Experiential learning that makes an impact

Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

Examples of current and past placements and internships:
  • AmeriCorps Staff
  • Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development
  • City of Bloomington
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Koehler Partners
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Office of Entrepreneurial Development
  • Strategic Development Group Inc.
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office

You can also join any number of professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

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