Management of Community Organizations

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Management of Community Organizations Certificate

Many people who work in community organizations are "accidental managers"—they started organizing or providing a direct service because of their deep commitment to an issue or need, but several years later face the challenge of administering growing, complex organizations.

The certificate in Management of Community Organizations (MCO), offered by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planningprovides management training within the framework of the social, economic, and political values that shape the nonprofit sector.

The program trains people with a commitment to social purpose and effective management who wish to work at the community level.

Who Should Apply

The certificate in Management of Community Organizations is open to students with a bachelor's degree and is especially appropriate for:

  • New managers of community organizations
  • Those with experience in the field who want to obtain management training
  • Mid-career individuals interested in pursuing community work
  • People who want to start a new agency or program Individuals seeking to explore graduate education in nonprofit management

Students interested in earning a graduate degree often can apply the certificate courses toward a Tufts master's degree in urban and environmental policy and planning.


For more information, email or contact the Faculty Certificate Program Advisor, Laurie Goldman.


Mary E. Davis
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Julian Agyeman
Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate and Interim Chair
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Christine Cousineau
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Kate Davies
Kate Davies
PhD , University of Auckland
Adaptive governance, coastal and marine management, equitable sustainability transformations, resilience planning
Mary E. Davis
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Laurie Goldman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
Shan Jiang
Shan Jiang
Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Big data analytics; spatial data science; urban mobility; urban science
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Rebecca Shakespeare, Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Rebecca Shakespeare
Ph.D. , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Geographic information system; urban geography; housing; critical GIS
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Senior Lecturer
PhD , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Senior Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy

Application Deadline

Spring: September 15 (international applicants) and December 15 (domestic applicants)
Fall: June 1 (international applicants) and August 1 (domestic applicants)

Application Requirements

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
> Transcripts
> One Letter of Recommendation



Twelve credits are required to obtain the MCO certificate. Most courses are three credits, but the UEP department also offers one-credit modules as noted below. Students choose the courses from a combination of MCO core courses and MCO skills and urban and social policy electives. Students must select at least one core course as part of their program of study.

MCO Core Courses
Select at least one core course from the following:

  • UEP 230 Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Spring and Summer)
  • UEP 251 Economics for Planning and Policy Analysis (Spring)
  • UEP 253 Financial Analysis and Management (Spring)
  • UEP 256 Program Evaluation (Fall)
  • UEP 271 Community Economic Development (Fall)
  • UEP 276 Leadership and Organizational Change (Fall)

Course descriptions for these core courses can be found on the UEP website.

MCO Course Electives
Select up to three skills and urban and social policy electives from the following:

  • UEP 161A Writing and Public Communication (Summer)
  • UEP 188 Seminar on Government and the Family (Spring)
  • UEP 191B Philanthropy and Fundraising (Summer)
  • UEP 194A Community Engagement: Advanced Techniques, Examples and Outcomes (Fall)
  • UEP 194-02 The Gap Between Law and Justice (Fall)
  • UEP 205 Urban Planning and Design (Fall)
  • UEP 213-01 Housing Policy (Fall)
  • UEP 249-02 Communications and Media (one credit (second half) Spring)
  • UEP 275 Policy Implementation and Innovation (Fall)
  • UEP 282 Social Policy for Children and Families (Fall)
  • UEP 284 Developing Sustainable Communities (Spring)
  • UEP 293-02 Community Practice (three credits (Fall))
  • UEP 293-05 Solidarity Economy Movements Rising (Fall)
  • UEP 294-03 Effective Organizations (one credit (second half) Spring)
  • UEP 294-19 Special Topics: Anchor Institutions and Community Revitalization (Fall)
  • UEP 294B Jobs that Work (Spring)

Students may substitute other Tufts graduate courses, subject to the approval of the certificate advisor. Course offerings may vary from year to year.