Graduate Certificate in Urban Economic Development


Today’s urban leaders must keep cities economically healthy, often in the face of declining populations, aging real estate, and a host of other challenges. The graduate certificate program in Urban Economic Development provides the skills and knowledge necessary to develop real-world strategies for overcoming these obstacles. The program is designed for working professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of urban economic development issues, as well as graduate students enrolled in urban planning, design, and development degree programs.

The Economic Development faculty and the certificate program work with the following collaborating research centers:

Admission Information

Degree-seeking graduate students who hold regular admission status may be admitted to a certificate program. Alternatively, the applicant must meet the graduate certificate admission requirements detailed in the admission section of the Graduate Catalog. With program permission, non-degree graduate students may take the courses noted below, but non-degree graduate students cannot earn a university graduate certificate.

Urban Economic Development Certificate Admission Requirements:

  • Submission of application for licensure admission and application fee.
  • Official transcripts confirming completion of baccalaureate degree, completed master’s degree, or completed JD degree.
  • Students must meet one of the following admission criteria:
  1. For bachelor's degrees earned within the past six years, the applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA for the bachelor’s degree of 2.75 (4 point scale),
  2. OR if the bachelor's degree is more than six years old, the applicant must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA,
  3. OR a minimum GRE score of the 50th percentile,
  4. OR completion of 12 graduate level credits at CSU with a minimum "B" in each course,
  5. OR completion of regionally accredited U.S. masters or Juris Doctorate degree.

Submit application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office:
2121 Euclid Ave
Attn: Application Processing Center
Cleveland, OH 44115

To facilitate the admission process, please use the online application system.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program consists of two required courses and two electives.

A grade of B or better in UST 300 Economics of Policy Analysis or UST 603 Public Sector Economics or their equivalent, is a prerequisite for the certificate program. The program coordinator for this certificate will make rulings about whether a course is equivalent to UST 300 or UST 603.

Two required courses:

  • UST 605: Regional Theory and Analysis
  • UST 629: Economic Development Finance

Students choose two electives:

  • UST 524: Inequality and Economic Development
  • UST 622: Economic Development Policy
  • UST 626: Workforce Development


Urban Economic Development certificate classes are taught by Cleveland State University faculty, researchers, instructors, and professionals working in the region.

For more information, contact:
Kristen Blazek, Coordinator of Student Recruitment
Office of Student and Enrollment Services
Schedule a visit to Levin College.
Telephone: (216) 687-4506 / E-mail: