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What will I learn?

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development. It is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities.

The Certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work. To receive the Certificate, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the courses taken. Students seeking the Certificate must complete at least six credit hours from among the following courses plus six credit hours in electives.

Which department am I in?

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Study options

Full Time (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,208.00 per year
USD $15,208 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022


National Capital Region - Arlington Campus

900 North Glebe Road,



22203, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA 3.0 (4 Scale).

For international students

Admission to the Certificate Program requires status as a graduate student in good standing at Virginia Tech, either as a current degree student or as a nondegree certificate student. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 semester hours of coursework is needed for admission to the Graduate School. Nondegree students whose undergraduate GPA was above 2.75 but below 3.00 may apply for admission under Commonwealth Campus status. Official transcripts must be submitted.

English language Scores:

A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. On the iBT, sub-scores of at least 20 on each subtest (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) are required for admission. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: April 1; Spring: September 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Tech

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