Urban Studies Certificate

Take the inside track to start or advance your career in any urban or suburban environment.

Urban Studies Certificate Outside City

Program Overview

Here, you'll learn to lead and solve problems facing urban and suburban communities. Our urban studies certificate gives you the flexibility to take graduate courses focused on urban history and theory, public policy, environments, and sustainability. Our professors will introduce you to an array of disciplines, perspectives, and methodologies to deepen your appreciation for urban issues and ensure you have the skills to find creative solutions. We know you’ll become ready to contribute meaningfully to your community in various roles, including urban or community planning and governance. By the end, you’ll be ahead of the game – whether you choose to pursue a master’s degree or use your certificate to advance in your career.

Program Options

The urban studies graduate certificate is a good option for busy, working adults to explore graduate study without yet making a full commitment to a longer degree program.

The certificate ensures students develop a theoretical, historical, and contemporary understanding of urban communities and the issues they face. The courses will weave together multiple disciplines to create a full picture of the urban environment.

The certificate requires the completion of four, three-credit courses with a grade of B or better in three years or less. The certificate courses are also offered at a reduced tuition rate, making this a cost-effective way to start your graduate degree.

Complete the certificate in urban studies and then easily transition to one of Widener University's master's programs, including a master's of public administration.

The transition is simple; students enrolled in the certificate will only have to complete a short application and will have all their certificate courses applied to the master's degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Complete our simple, short online application. Write a brief statement describing reasons and expectations for study in this program.

Within a week of our receipt of your official 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 and make course selections for the upcoming semester.

We review applications on a rolling basis.

Program Highlights

Urban Studies Certificate Student in City

Flexible Certificates

The flexibility of our certificate programs gives you the ability to customize your courses to meet your career goals.

Many of our certificate courses overlap, meaning you can easily switch between our four certificate options if you become excited about a different path. Additional certificates include:

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Distinguished Faculty

At Widener, you'll learn from professors who are either working professionals or are experts practicing in the field. They'll make you the priority and help you build a network that will follow you long after graduation.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

At Widener, success means more than a graduate certificate. That's why our graduates can be found in various different career paths.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Urban Planner
  • Economic Development Planner
  • Public Administration

More Careers

  • City Manager
  • Community Advocate

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Financial Aid

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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