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Graduate Certificates

Develop your capacity, add depth to your graduate education, and reach your career destination with a graduate certificate in Urban Studies and Planning.

Located in PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), the Toulan School graduate certificate programs offer students interdisciplinary coursework and resources from throughout the city, state, and university, including: the School of Business Administration; the Center for Real Estate; the Department of Architecture; the Center for Transportation Studies; and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers three graduate certificates: Real Estate Development; Urban Design; and Transportation. These post-baccalaureate certificate programs are intended for professionals who want to gain technical knowledge and build analytical skills in order to specialize or advance in their careers.

Graduate certificates are designed to be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Real Estate Development

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development is for experienced professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of real estate financing, land use, economic development and valuations. Ideal candidates for this certificate include legal professionals seeking further specialization in real estate law, public employees seeking career advancement, and private sector professionals wanting to rise to the next level of commercial or residential development. 

Urban Design

Due to the retirement of Professor Rudy Barton, the Urban Design Certificate program is not accepting new applications at this time.

The Graduate Certificate in Urban Design was created for those who are currently seeking an advanced planning or architecture degree, or who are currently employed as a professional planner, architect, or designer. It utilizes the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region as a laboratory — an urban place renowned for its use of urban design and attention to urban design concerns. 


The Graduate Certificate in Transportation focuses on building engineering, practical and problem-solving skills for transportation specialists and junior planners who want to advance their careers and pursue jobs such as transit planners, transportation planners, and transit managers. 


Learn more about admissions requirements for these graduate certificate programs.

Course Overlap Between Degrees and Certificates

Graduate courses can be applied to a master’s (or a doctoral) degree and a graduate certificate. However, graduate courses cannot be applied to two graduate certificates.  See PSU Bulletin for more course overlap information.