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Urban Sustainability

College of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Arlington Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

Students will take two Core Courses in planning skills and four other courses covering sustainable urban design and policy choices.

Learning Objectives - The Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability will allow you to:

  • understand and apply the basic principles, history, and development of the planning profession
  • understand the interconnection between economics and planning
  • integrate sustainability into community planning, transportation, and land use in students’ designs
  • demonstrate capabilities through hands-on learning experiences.

Earn the 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability or combine this certificate with four Core Planning Courses and

the Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy


the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes

to earn the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.



Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – May 1
Spring - October 1

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor).

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions ~ 703.299.6782 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday