Offered 100% online, our urban studies certificate programs for adult & continuing studies students concentrate on two areas:
Dynamics of Urban Organizations
Here, you'll develop skills to successfully navigate complex organizations and solve important issues that affect urban organizations and communities with the goal to bring about societal change.
Designed for individuals and organizations working in human resources, public administration, social work, nonprofit management, philanthropy, educational leadership, criminal justice, and healthcare management, these certificates will prepare you to be a change agent in your organization, community, or workforce.
In addition, these certificate programs are a good option for busy, working adults to explore graduate study without yet making a full commitment to a master's degree program. Discounted credits earned through the certificate programs can be seamlessly rolled in to select master's degree programs at Widener, further enabling you to advance in your career while reducing the cost of your education.
The 100% online 9-credit urban activism certificate focuses on public policy and community change, social movements, and cultural studies relating to race, equity, and representation. Loading...
The 100% online 9-credit dynamics of urban organizations certificate focuses on the study of historical and current organizations in urban areas, including diversity, equity, and inclusion in urban organizations, public/private ventures, and sustainable cities. Loading...
Complete the online certificate programs in urban activism or dynamics of urban organizations and then easily transition to organizational development & leadership (ODL) bachelor's degree program.
The transition is simple; students enrolled in the certificate will only have to complete a short application and will have all their discounted certificate course credits applied to the degree program.
Personal statement: Please explain why you are interested in this certificate program with particular emphasis on your area of specialization. (Applicants should limit this essay to no more than one typewritten page.)
Though the urban studies certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid if taken alone, they are offered at a discounted tuition rate. We can advise you on program and payment plan options that will meet your needs.
We also recommend that you:
Explore tuition remission benefits through your employer.
Check out our employer partnerships for discounted tuition rates for local organizations and corporations. If you don't see your organization listed, reach out to your HR department to advocate for a partnership.
Transition your discounted certificate credits to one of our associate's or bachelor's degree programs to save money on completion of your degree. You may also take these certificates as part of a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program, which are eligible for federal financial aid. Please make an appointment with one of our Continuing Studies Academic Advisors to choose the option that works best for you!
100% online courses allow you to study on your terms. Complete asynchronous coursework with your morning coffee, over lunch, or after dinner. Engage with classmates and professors when it makes sense for you. Every step of the way, you'll benefit from faculty who go above and beyond to help you achieve your career goals—even in a virtual environment
Inclusive Learning Environment
In your classes, you'll build relationships with a diverse community of students and faculty who bring diverse experiences—both personal and professional—into your virtual classroom. This inclusive learning environment fosters cultural awareness and growth—exactly what it takes to build inclusive, equitable communities in urban organizations.
Small class sizes mean you’ll receive individual attention from well-qualified and respected faculty who will help you construct a foundation for career enrichment and success. Your professors will take the time to really get to know you—your interests, aspirations, and specific learning style. They'll push you toward opportunities and experiences that widen your expectations and expand your sense of possibility.
Your Inside Track to Success
Your Inside Track to Success
Our goal is to place students on the inside track to personal and professional success.
Outlook & Outcomes
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Hear from Professionals in the Field
Watch video interviews of professionals in the urban studies field describing their role.