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Climate Change Management & Policy Graduate Certificate


As temperatures reach record highs and weather patterns become more extreme, the stark reality is that climate change has already arrived, and we must all now adapt to this new reality. But who are the leading professionals to show us how?

In our Climate Change Management and Policy Certificate program, you will examine how cities will need to adapt, from energy production and usage to building methods and infrastructure. Tailored to students seeking a credential in the field but who are not in need of a complete master’s degree, the program can also be credited towards earning a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning.




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""At a Glance

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Complete the certificate through six courses: four required and two electives

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The program is designed for students seeking credentials in the field but who don’t need a master’s

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The certificate can be combined with the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning and other courses for an MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning

""Where You'll Study

Where you'll study


GW Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA

You’ll take classes on weekday evenings at the Graduate Education Center in Arlington, Virginia.

""What You'll Study

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Urban regions around the world face significant consequences as they adjust to rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns. In this certificate program, you will examine how cities will need to adapt, from energy production and usage to building methods and infrastructure. The certificate consists of six courses, four of which are required and two are electives through the broader Sustainable Urban Planning program.


All students are required to complete:

  • PSUS 6201  Principles of Sustainable Urban Planning (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6202  Urban and Environmental Economics (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6210  Transportation Planning in City Systems (3 credits)
  • PSUS 6211  Land Use and Agricultural Economics (3 credits)

You will also choose two electives from the Sustainable Urban Planning MPS curriculum.


Admissions Information

To be considered for admission to this certificate program you must:

  • Have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale



Fully completed applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will receive an application fee waiver. An application file is considered “complete” when academic transcripts, recommendations, test scores (if applicable), employment verification (if applicable), and the completed online application (including resume and statement of purpose) are received. Applications received after the priority deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.


illustration of a leaf Fall Priority Deadline:

March 1


illustration of a leaf Fall Final Deadline:

May 1


illustration of a flower Spring Priority Deadline:

August 1


illustration of a flower Spring Final Deadline:

October 1

GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location. Please use this information as an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.

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Graduate Certificate

18 credits

Tuition (Summer 2018-Spring 2019 Terms):



(18 credits @ $1,710/credit hour) 

Registration fees:

(3 registration sessions @ $35 each)

Tuition + fees


Other costs to consider:


Application fee:


Matriculation fee: (one time)


Books: Approximately





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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Climate Change Management & Policy Graduate Certificate. Contact the program representative to learn more about upcoming events.