The George Washington University

College of Professional Studies

Urban Sustainability


Phillips Hall, Room 107, 801 22nd Street, N.W.

Funger Hall, Suite 301


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Urban Sustainability

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Classes held at GW's Graduate Education Center, Arlington, VA Cities and their close-in suburbs, such as the Washington DC metro area, with extensive public transportation infrastructure, are poised for continued growth. As these urban centers grow and become more densely populated, there is a new focus on making urban living environmentally sustainable. There is and will continue to be an increasing need for trained urban planners with strong skills in the emerging field of sustainability. The George Washington University College of Professional Studies graduate certificate in Urban Sustainability will arm you with the skills and education you will need to advance in this rapidly evolving industry. The mission of the six-course, 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability is to provide an innovative and relevant curriculum with a focus on applying sustainability to major issues in city and regional planning. The Certificate is ideal for experienced professionals working in the field, who need a refresher in the skills that support sustainable urban living, and also for those new to the field, who want to master its challenges in order to jump-start careers in this emerging industry. Find out more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information. Two of the six courses are core planning courses that prepare the students to earn their professional certification, administered by the American Planning Association through its American Institute of Certified Planners, AICP. 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. STACKABLE GRADUATE CREDENTIALS 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 OR The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes to earn the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.


Middle States Accredited

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.

Locale: Large City

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