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Certificate in
Local Economic Development

This certificate is designed for entry-level economic development professionals and experienced professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge to thrive in public and private local economic development (LED) positions. The certificate will successfully prepare graduates with the skills and competencies to address the current and emerging area of LED in the Canadian context. Graduating students may apply courses towards the educational requirements for their Ec.D. Certification.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent; or an undergraduate degree; or a college diploma; or mature student status with a combination of relevant work and life experience.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of four courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CPLE 745   Planning:  Selected Topics in Planning
CPLE 845   Planning:  Selected Topics in Planning
CVUP 155   Planning:  LED Applied Research Project
CVUP 160   Planning:  Capstone Project in LED