MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University will offer a graduate certificate in economic development starting in fall 2019, blending together courses in its existing Master of Science in Economic Development program to provide students even more ways to succeed in a diverse range of business industries.

The 12-hour program consists of four courses:

• ECO 610 (Introduction to Economic Development)

• ECO 611 (Economic Development Methods)

• FIN 610 (Economic Development Finance)

• ECO 615 (Directed Study in Economic Development)

Economic development practitioners deal with issues in city, regional and urban planning, demography, economics, geography and mapping, political science, education, infrastructure, marketing, tourism, business recruitment, recreation and hospitality, among other disciplines.

“This graduate certificate will be an excellent additional credentialing for anyone seeking to increase their skills and knowledge base in the field of economic development,” said Chris Wooldridge, district director for Murray State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center.

Classes may be taken in person or online, offering students flexibility in how they earn their certification. Those courses may count toward both a certificate and an M.S. in Economic Development, with additional hours.

For more information, contact Murray State University Economics and Finance Department Chair Dr. David Eaton at deaton@murraystate.edu.

Photo: Murray State University will soon offer a graduate certificate in economic development.

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