The Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Workplace Democracy and Community Ownership offers students theoretical and practical skills necessary for effective democratic engagement in our economy; at work and in our communities. The program allows students to explore the details of how democratic management and cooperative ownership can function. Knowledge, skills and values for cooperation will be applied to solutions for democratic community economic development, such as worker owned co-ops, community land trusts, consumer and purchasing cooperatives, community development financial institutions (CDFI) and housing co-ops. Using New York City and its environment as a laboratory, students will have opportunities to engage with local projects and develop leadership and facilitation skills for Economic Democracy.

Career & Academic Advancement

Graduates will be prepared to combine their principles for equity and justice with the skills required for positions in firms where cooperative ownership and control is desired. Graduates will possess leadership attributes that analyze, evaluate and apply best practices in management with historical, financial, and human approaches for worker-ownership, consumer co-ops, community land trusts and any worker self-directed enterprises.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement.

Application Deadlines

APPLICATIONS FOR DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR SPRING 2022 AND FALL 2022. FOR FULL CONSIDERATION, STUDENTS APPLYING FOR SPRING 2022 ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY BEFORE DECEMBER 15, 2021. STUDENTS APPLYING FOR DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2022 ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY BEFORE JULY 1, 2022.

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