Frequently Asked Questions
Am I right for this program?
If this program makes you excited about the change you want to make in your community, if you are looking to build your tools and skills, if you want to build networks, then yes, you are the right person for this program.
How much does the program cost?
The program costs $4800, and textbooks cost approximately $80.
When do I have to pay?
Your place in the program is not secured until you have paid your tuition in full.
Are there any bursaries available?
At the moment we have no bursaries available. However, many of our students have found some help with the tuition from a variety of sources. These include employer contributions, special educational funds and approaching funding institutions directly.
BC Canada Jobs Grant is a possibility for employers providing training to current and new employees. If the employer is eligible, the grant can cover two-thirds of the tuition cost. Self-employed sole proprietors can also apply for the grant on their own behalf.
Feel free to contact us if you would like some help brainstorming ways to find some financial help.
How much time will I spend on the program?
The Certificate Program for Community Economic Development is a part-time program built to give you maximum learning and hands-on experience, while still giving you the ability to balance your other life obligations.
The course begins with a one week residency in October in Vancouver. There are three online course modules, at 2 hours each week with 2-4 hours preparation or activity time. The course wraps up with another one week residency in Vancouver in May.
What are the exact dates of the residencies and the online courses?
Visit our courses page to find out more about our courses and for exact dates.
How do I earn the Certificate?
To earn the Certificate in Community Economic Development you must:
- maintain a B+ average - earn a minimum of a C+ in each of the courses
- attend 100% of in-person courses
(Certificate Programs are governed by the Senate and require a minimum of 120 instructional hours.)
You have up to two years to complete the requirements to earn the Certificate. This allows us to have some flexibility in the case of an emergency. See the refund policy for details.
How are the courses graded?
Each course has its own grading formula. The grading formula is included in the syllabus. Some of the courses are graded based solely on your participation. Read each course syllabus and know the grading scheme before the course begins.
Written assignments are required from:
- Making Change Happen
- Design Lab for Local Economic Development
- Social Innovation
- Entrepreneurship & Enterprise
- Social Innovation Challenge
- Co-operative Economics
Courses where grades are based on participation are:
- Seminars & Case Studies
- New Economy Study Tour
What is the grading scale?
- A+ 95 – 100%
- A 90 – 94%
- A- 85 – 89%
- B+ 80 – 84%
- B 75 – 79%
- B- 70 – 74%
- C+ 65 – 69%
- C 60 - 64% C- 55 – 59%
- D 50 – 54%
Fail or did not complete course requirements:
- F < 50%
- W Withdraw: student officially withdrew from class
Can I transfer the SFU Community Economic Development courses to another university if I want to continue my studies in economic development?
Yes! At the moment, the only post secondary institution who officially accepts our courses as transferable is the University of Cape Breton. Read our blog for more information about this arrangement. However, if you are thinking of continuing in another institution, we recommend you talk to them directly about your plans.