Graduate Certificate in Community Development (Great Plains IDEA)
South Dakota State University

Program Details

South Dakota State University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Community Development, which focuses on sustainable development, social justice, and empowering people in communities.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Community Development program is offered through:

  • Kansas State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • South Dakota State University


Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:

  • Application form specific to the university
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals

School Accreditation Statement

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission