Rural Economic and Community Vitality

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Rural Economic and Community Vitality graduate certificate program is a practical and flexible online certificate program that covers a broad scope of key topics for those seeking to advance their career in the area of rural economic and community development.  The curriculum will help build the capacity of Nebraska professionals to constructively participate in community affairs and design local policy and programing for their communities.

This certificate is aimed at students in the Masters in Applied Science in CASNR, including areas of study in:

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness
  • Agronomy and Horticulture
  • Animal Science
  • Entomology
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Natural Resources 

This program is also intended for those who work with and/or volunteer in towns, small cities, and rural regions. Among the professionals who will benefit from this program are:

  • community development leaders
  • county administrators, professional staff, and local government managers
  • elected officials
  • nonprofit organization professionals
  • local government planners
  • educators
  • economic development professionals
  • cooperative extension director or educators
  • members of a planning commissions or related authorities, boards, or commissions
  • citizens interested in government involvement and civic affairs
  • students in related graduate programs

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Department Graduate Coordinator
Kara Heideman

Certificate Advisor
Dr. Daniela Mattos

Campus Address
102 Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by the department

Application deadline
Fall: July 15; Spring: December 1; Summer: April 15

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Rural Economic and Community Vitality.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.