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Sustainable Cities and Communities Graduate Certificate

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  • Format

    Online for 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition


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Build the knowledge and skills necessary to help cities and communities design, develop, and maintain more sustainable systems.

Courses will cover sustainable practices in housing, infrastructure, transportation, and resource management in order to meet basic human needs now and in the future.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand how basic human physical, social, and psychological needs are currently addressed in urban and rural communities.
  • Evaluate and compare the sustainability of communities in meeting human needs in the areas of food, water, energy, and integration of green spaces.
  • Assess the ability of cities to maintain sustainable systems for transportation, safety, waste management, inclusion and accessibility, education, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Understand the basic principles of sustainable planning and building, and identify opportunities for more sustainable and inclusive communities.
  • Lead effectively in a variety of organizational contexts using participatory decision-making and governance principles.

You will learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and cities.

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 80%

    Working Full Time

  • 24%

    Students Outside the U.S.

  • 1.5 years

    Average Time to Complete

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Certificate Courses

The professional graduate certificate in Sustainable Cities and Communities requires four courses or 16 credits. You may choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search.

  • Certificate core courses (choose at least 2 courses; you may select up to 4 courses)
  • Certificate electives (you may select up to 2 courses; however, elective courses are not required for this certificate)

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $11,920