• Economic Development Certificate

    Economic development allows a community to create high-quality jobs, provide important amenities to its citizens, and expand its tax base. Hamline's Economic Development Certificate comprehensively examines the economic development process from both government agency and private sector perspectives, giving you the critical knowledge and skills necessary to enable communities to prosper.

    • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of economic development tools, including the Economic Community Assessment and the Economic Development Authority Handbook.
    • Build your expertise in the creation, negotiation, and enforcement of development agreements.
    • Meet and network with community officials on multiple site visits across the Twin Cities metro area.

    Note: The Economic Development Certificate will not be offered in the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Program Overview

    Certificate classes meet at Hamline's Minneapolis location. All students must complete 90 hours of training in seven monthly sessions over an eight-month period. Students who complete the Economic Development coursework receive a certificate from the Hamline University School of Business Public Administration program and eight continuing studies credits.

    The cost for the program is $3,100 (meals included), payable in three installments in November, January, and May.


    The class will meet one Thursday from 2–8 p.m. and one Friday from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. most months from November to June.

    Classes meet on the following dates:
    Session 1: November 18–19, 2021
    Session 2: January 20–21, 2022
    Session 3: February 17–18, 2022
    Session 4: March 17–18, 2022
    Session 5: April 21–22. 2022
    Session 6: May 19–20, 2022
    Session 7: June 16–17, 2022

    About the Instructor

    Craig Waldron served as city administrator for the city of Oakdale for 20 years and is a highly respected leader in local government. Dr. Waldron was recognized as manager of the year for his efforts in career development in Oakdale. He has also served as an elected official for North Mankato and has chaired several municipal organizations in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Waldron earned his Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University, his M.A. in Urban and Regional Studies from Minnesota State University, and his a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Iowa.   

    Degree Candidacy

    Graduate-level elective credits from all certificates may be earned and applied in the School of Business to the Master of Public Administration or the PhD in Management and Public Service. Additionally, elective credits may be earned and applied to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Nonprofit Management from the Leadership Communication Skills Certificate.