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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; and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers four graduate certificates: Energy Policy and Management; Real Estate Development; Urban Design; and Transportation. We also collaborate on a graduate certificate in Sustainable Food Systems. 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.

Energy Policy and Management (Enrollment Begins Fall 2015)

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management is intended for three sorts of students: (1) professionals working in the energy industry who wish to broaden their training and increase their knowledge of current issues in energy policy and management; (2) graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs who wish to add energy policy and management expertise to their course of study; and (3) prospective energy industry employees who wish to gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects.

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

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. 

Transportation

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. 

Sustainable Food Systems

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between food, people, and society. The program draws on the expertise of faculty from departments across the University, providing an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues, perspectives, strategies, and solutions involved in creating sustainable food systems. It connects a range of academic areas related to food systems, including public administration, community health, urban and regional planning, business, and education.

Applied Social Demography

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Social Demography at Portland State University offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between demographic change and its impact on communities. The program draws on the expertise of faculty from departments across the university, providing an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues, perspectives, strategies, and solutions involved in understanding and framing the components of population change: fertility, mortality, and migration/immigration.  

Admissions

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.