Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning

Classes held at GW's Graduate Education Center, Arlington, VA

More than 79% of the nation’s population lives in urban areas, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, and that percentage is expected to increase. As urban centers become more densely populated, they-along with state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations-will be faced with a myriad of environmental challenges. In order to move successfully into the future, they will need professionals armed with cutting-edge skills, knowledge of state-of-the-art, sustainable technologies, and best practices to maintain a healthy environment and way of life.

Are you committed to positive change and making a difference in peoples lives? Are you committed to investing your unique talents, expertise and passion in making our communities and environments sustainable, and a healthier place to live?

If your answer is “yes”, then join GW’s College of Professional Studies along with like-minded change-agents and professionals whose number one goal is to maintain a healthy environment and way of life for neighborhoods, and for regional, national, and global communities.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning will give you the necessary skills and education to help you lead communities towards healthier and sustainable futures.

Designed to develop career urban planners skilled in sustainable urban planning and policy and knowledgeable about green technologies, this unique program integrates sustainable thinking and insights into every aspect of your planning education. It is designed for professionals in:

  • urban planning and policy at the city, county, and state levels
  • environmental policy and advocacy
  • parks and planning
  • land use and public/private partnerships
  • commercial development and contracting
  • "green" industries.

The MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning also offers young professionals from other industries a unique opportunity to gain the technical grounding necessary to jump-start careers in urban planning and the fledgling sustainability arena.

Graduates of the MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning program can expect to play pivotal roles in the emerging "green collar" job sector.

Stackable Graduate Credentials

Enroll in the full Master's degree program or in a Graduate Certificate in the following areas:

To earn the MPS, you must complete the Graduate Certificate in Urban Sustainability, four required Core Courses in planning, and either the Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy or the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes.

Once 25 students have graduated, accreditation will be sought from the Planning Accreditation Board, which is sponsored by the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Upcoming Events

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Master’s Degree

  • 48-credit-hour, 2 year program
  • Classes offered on weekday evenings three semesters a year (spring, summer, fall) in Arlington

Program Contacts

Senior Enrollment and Recruitment Specialist

Mona Yep

Program Director
John Carruthers, Ph.D.