Graduate Certificate: Sustainable Community Planning
About the Certificate
The graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning is available to non-matriculated students and students in other Temple University graduate programs, with the approval of their graduate advisor. The courses introduce students to the broad range of issues and topics relevant to planning for the sustainable development of our cities and regions. Elective courses provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and training in specific areas of sustainability and environmental planning. Undertaking the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning allows students to:
- understand the discourse of theory and practice of sustainable development at the local, regional and global levels;
- develop indicators to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of site, community and regional actions, plans and designs;
- recognize models of sustainability and know how to use such models to inform their professional practice; and
- understand how to incorporate sustainability principles into planning practice to address the interrelationships between social, economic and environmental factors.
This certificate meets the needs of public and private sector employees who work to improve the sustainability of neighborhoods, cities and regions and to address the adverse impacts of climate change without academic degrees in planning.
Campus Location: Main and Center City
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s admissions advisor for more information.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: To register for certificate courses as a non-matriculated student, please visit Tyler School of Art and Architecture’s Non-Matriculating Students webpage found at https://tyler.temple.edu/non-matriculating-students.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.
Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 121, plus a prerequisite course in Environmental Planning2
|CTRP 5256||Sustainable Community Design and Development||3|
|CTRP 8276||Regional Development||3|
|Select two from the following: 3||6|
|Ecological Planning and Development|
|Neighborhoods, Cities, and Regions|
|Sustainability in Suburban Communities|
|Sustainable Business Practices|
|Environmental Infrastructure Planning and Management|
|Introduction to Emergency Management Planning|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Students matriculated in the MS in City and Regional Planning program may elect to take the certificate courses as a transcripted concentration within the MS degree. Other graduate students matriculated at Temple University may take certificate classes as electives for their program with the approval of their program advisor.
The prerequisite in Environmental Planning may be taken concurrently with the required courses for the certificate. Students complete this prerequisite by taking CTRP 2213 Environmental Planning (3 s.h.) or CTRP 8213 Environmental Planning (3 s.h.); by demonstrating that comparable undergraduate or graduate coursework has already been completed; or through self-study that achieves the stated course competencies of CTRP 2213 or CTRP 8213.
For one elective, students may substitute a relevant 3-credit CTRP graduate course selected in consultation with a department advisor or chair.
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Tyler School of Art and Architecture
Graduate Admissions Office
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6016
Graduate Program Head:
Jeffrey P. Doshna, PhD, AICP
Sasha W. Eisenman
201 Dixon Hall