Rural Economic and Community Vitality, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Rural Economic and Community Vitality

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
  • $446.00
  • $676.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Rural Economic and Community Vitality, Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, tools and practical experience necessary to play a proactive role in rural community economic development.

Students choose this program to:

  • Develop and enhance core community development skills and practices.
  • Learn from experienced community and economic development practitioners.
  • Gain an understanding of the social and economic concepts relevant to understanding rural communities.

This certificate is taught completely online and offers three core classes, including a capstone course designed to put your learning into practice. In addition, students will also select three 5-week courses in their areas of interest, such as community law, financing, workforce or engagement.

Career Outlook: In today’s working world, advanced education is essential. The rural economic and community vitality certificate prepares professionals to excel in a number of positions, including:

  • Community development
  • Regional or community service providers
  • Non-profit administration

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.