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 certificates@tufts.edu or contact the Faculty Certificate Program Advisor, Barbara Parmenter.

Summary of Consumer Information for Students

Faculty

Weiping Wu
Professor - On Leave
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
International planning and development, urban economic policy, China
Barbara M. Parmenter
Lecturer, Student Affairs Coordinator, and Certificate Program Advisor
Ph.D. , University of Texas at Austin
Geographic Information systems
Julian Agyeman
Professor
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Rachel Bratt
Professor Emerita
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing and community development
Christine Cousineau
Lecturer
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Mary E. Davis
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Laurie Goldman
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
Robert Hollister
Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
International university civic engagement
Fran Jacobs
Associate Professor
Ed.D. , Harvard University
Child and family policy, program evaluation
James Jennings
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. , Columbia University
Urban and neighborhood politics, social welfare, community development
Sheldon Krimsky
Professor
Ph.D. , Boston University
Environmental policy and ethics
Penn Loh
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
Barbara M. Parmenter
Lecturer, Student Affairs Coordinator, and Certificate Program Advisor
Ph.D. , University of Texas at Austin
Geographic Information systems
Ann Rappaport
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Environmental management and policy
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy
Weiping Wu
Professor - On Leave
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
International planning and development, urban economic policy, China

Domestic applicants must apply by December 31 for Spring admission, and August 1 for Fall admission. Domestic applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants to certificate programs are usually notified of a decision within four weeks of receipt of a completed application, and accepted students may enroll at the start of the next semester.

International applicants must apply by September 15 for Spring admission, and March 1 for Fall admission.

A Bachelor's degree is required to apply.

One letter of recommendation is required for certificate programs.

GRE General Test scores are not required.

Tuition

Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $3,872 per course (2015-2016). Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan assistance. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information. Certificate courses are also available, at a cost of $4,840 per course, to students who are not pursuing a certificate. In addition, students have the option of auditing courses for $800 per course, but these courses cannot be applied toward a certificate.

Curriculum

Four credits are required to obtain the MCO certificate. Most courses are one-credit, but the UEP department also offers half-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)

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 (Summer)
  • UEP 205 Urban Planning and Design (Fall)
  • UEP 213-01 Housing Policy (Fall)
  • UEP 249-02 Communications and Media (half-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 (half-credit (Fall))
  • UEP 294-01 Collaboration and Partnerships (half-credit (second half) Spring)
  • UEP 294-03 Effective Organizations (half-credit (second half) Spring)
  • UEP 294-19 Special Topics: Anchor Institutions and Community Revitalization (Fall)
  • UEP 294B Jobs that Work (Spring 2016)

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