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Sustainable Cities and Communities Graduate Certificate

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

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    Online and On Campus Options

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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.

Our Community at a Glance

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

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)

Search for Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Summer 2024

Summer course registration is open through June 20. Learn more about how to register

Fall 2024 courses and registration details will be live in June.

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.


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

Our Tuition (2023–24 rate) $3,220 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,880