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Graduate Certificate in Urban Studies

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Students who pursue an urban studies certificate with graduate courses in urban history and theory, the human and built environments, public policy, and sustainability will develop a deeper understanding of urban and suburban visitissues and will be well positioned to take the lead in addressing those challenges in creative and unique ways.

applyThe certificate in urban studies introduces students to an array of perspectives and methodologies in the study of the urban milieu. Students in the program will obtain skills and knowledge that will enable them to contribute in meaningful ways to their local and regional communities. Additionally, students will have opportunities to apply those skills while studying through participation in the partnership programs between the College of Arts and Sciences, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and Chester city leaders and residents.

Students who complete the urban studies certificate will have developed a theoretical, historical, and comparative understanding of the urban environment, as well as the ability to employ an interdisciplinary approach in their analysis of contemporary issues concerning urban communities, space, and governance.

Requirements and Courses

To earn a certificate in urban studies, you must complete the one required course and three elective courses with a grade of B or better in three years or less.

See the Summer and Fall 2018 course offerings that count towards the certificate in urban studies.

How to Apply

An applicant for admission to the certificate in urban studies program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Please complete our simple, short online application, including a brief statement describing reasons and expectations for study in the program.

Within a week of our receipt of your college transcript and completed application, you will receive notification regarding admission. After making a deposit of $100 that will be applied to your tuition and fees, you will receive a code that will allow you to enroll in the graduate certificate program of your choice and make course selections for the upcoming semester.

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