May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Community Development Graduate Certificate

Department: Dean’s Office

The Graduate Certificate in Community Development allows students to explore the urban communities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment and to examine the efforts of their residents to revitalize them. The approach is interdisciplinary, weaving together a variety of perspectives so that students come to understand what communities are and how they differ; how communities fit into broader social systems; and what strategies are necessary to develop communities. The Certificate is also applied, focusing on the current issues and efforts of community development in the Tampa area.
The Certificate is designed to attract students from three distinct pools:
  1. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree but are uncertain as to the graduate program they want to pursue;
  2. Students enrolled in USF graduate programs who want to focus on community development.
  3. Professionals already working in the field that want a graduate-level credentials


Graduate Certificate Admissions and Process

Students must apply and be admitted into the Graduate Certificate to be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Certificate Director prior to applying. 

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. University Admission Requirements, including English Proficiency    
  2. Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements    

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition, applicants should submit the following materials with their application form:

  • Letter of Intent/Purpose
  • Resume or CV

Curriculum Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

Graduate Certificate Time Limit

Five (5) Years.

Graduate Certificate Completion

For procedures to confirm completion of the Graduate Certificate, please refer to the website.