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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Urban and Regional Studies Institute

Graduate Certificates

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/ursi/graduate/certificate/

Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management (12 credits)

This graduate certificate program provides the basic concepts, skills, and values for pursuing a career in local government management. The program is designed to meet the basic standards of professional competency specified by the International City/County Management Association (IC). The program is appropriate for students who wish to develop a local government management focus within a graduate degree program, or for students who have already earned their degrees and wish to prepare for a career shift. Courses are offered in blocks of time during the afternoons or evenings.

Curriculum

  • URBS 512 – Public Information & Involvement
    Focuses on media relations and building citizen involvement through public awareness projects.
  • URBS 603 - Organization Environment
    Examines the changing nature of management of urban and human behavior in the municipal organization.  Emphasis on the development of decision-making and communication skills.
  • URBS 650 – Urban Administrative Services
    Provides an overview of urban administrative services with an emphasis on urban finance systems and human resource management. Examines the economic and human resource environment for local government managers' decision-making.
  • URBS 651 – Urban Finance Systems
    Examines financial management utilizing accurate forecasting, fund accounting, and fiscal reporting. Covers budget cycle including legal limitations on local taxation, expenditures, and debt financing.

Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning (12 credits)

This graduate certificate program provides the basic concepts, skills, techniques and values for pursuing a career in local government planning. The program is designed to meet the basic standards of professional competency specified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The program is appropriate for students who wish to develop a loca government planning focus within a graduate degree program, or for students who have already earned their degrees and wish to prepare for a career shift. Courses are offered in blocks of time during the afternoons or evenings.

Curriculum

  • URBS 602 – Planning Process
    Survey of the history, concepts, values and ethics of public-sector planning. Through a case-study approach, emphasis is on a practical and comprehensive approach to developing and implementing plans.
  • URBS 604 – Zoning & Legal Issues
    Zoning theory, concepts and techniques, and procedures with an emphasis on the practice of zoning in a planning office.
  • URBS 661 – Long-Range and Strategic Planning
    Comprehensive planning process in urban areas, including exercises in basic studies, capital improvement programming, smart growth, sustainable development, strategic planning, community visioning.
  • URBS 662 – Operational Planning
    Day to day activities of a planning office, with an emphasis on subdivision regulations and design, annexation, and infrastructure.
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Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership

The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership prepares you today to be the leaders of the community tomorrow. It is designed so that you should be able to complete your major and minor while you complete the certificate. It is an exciting and new program that will change the way you look at the community and enhance your professional opportunities in the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are the fastest growing employment sector in the nation. Salaries are competitive and, even more, you will be able to make a difference!