Urban Studies, Graduate Certificate

Gavin Shatkin, PhD
Graduate Program Director

Jennifer Mocarski
Graduate Program Administrator

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies provides a foundation in the fundamentals of urban and regional policy theory for students outside the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy degree. It also allows students to pursue course work in a range of areas of concentration, including housing and community development, urban environmental sustainability, economic development, international comparative urban policy, and transportation. The certificate is not a stand-alone program but is anchored by and incorporated into participating graduate programs.

Academic Standing/Progress 

Students in the program are monitored for academic progress. Those students whose grade-point average (GPA) falls below a 3.000 are notified by and meet with the director of academic programs. They are counseled that if their GPA does not rise to a 3.000 or higher, they run the risk of not graduating and are advised on strategies for improvement. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Required Courses
PPUA 6201The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context3
PPUA 7673Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs3
Methods and Research Elective
Complete 3 semester hours in the following:3
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
PPUA 6206 to PPUA 6216 (Research Toolkits)
Complete 3 semester hours in the following:3
PPUA 5000 to PPUA 7999

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required