Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning

We must consider not just the city as a thing in itself, but the city being perceived by its inhabitants.

- Kevin Lynch

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning is tailored to students seeking a credential in the field - but who are not in need of a complete master’s degree. The certificate consists of six courses - a sequence of four required courses (PSUS 6201, PSUS 6202, PSUS 6210, and PSUS 6211) plus two more. The purpose of electives is to facilitate flexibility by enabling students to fine-tune their study and engage with the broader Sustainable Urban Planning Program.

The required classes are:

  • 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)

Two elective courses round out the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning - these additional courses may be fulfilled by any of the courses in the Sustainable Urban Planning Program.

Note that this certificate can be combined with the Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy and four Core Planning Courses to earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure to find out more information about our graduation rates, median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.


可持续城市规划的学位认证是给那些想在该领域获得专业证书又不需要完成全部硕士课程的同学提供的。 该认证包含了6门课程——4门顺次必修课程(PSUS 6201,PSUS 6202,PSUS 6210,PSUS 6211)和两门选修课。 选修课的目的是通过微调学生的学习从而增加灵活性,也是进一步融和更广义的可持续城市规划项目


  • PSUS 6201  可持续城市规划原理
  • PSUS 6202  城市和环境经济学
  • PSUS 6210  城市交通系统规划
  • PSUS 6211  土地利用与农业经济学



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Sustainable Urban Planning Program Contacts

Program Representative
Jim Miller
(571) 553-0142

Program Director
John Carruthers, Ph.D.

(202) 994-8353