2017-18 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Development

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Sustainable Development provides students with a firm grounding in land use and environmental planning, economic development; and planning for community and regional sustainability. These objectives are met through course readings, class lectures and discussions, case analyses, and problem-solving exercises in various community-based settings.

Those contemplating a career in local government, state government, or nonprofit organizations - and who are particularly interested in the fields of land use, economic development, and sustainability planning - are invited to discuss their goals with the coordinator of the certificate. Those who already practice in the field and wish to enhance their skills and understanding of the issues are also encouraged to discuss how the certificate in sustainable development could help advance their careers.

This certificate is a stand-alone credential, or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management degree program.

Students select four courses (12 credits) including two required courses and two electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request.

If students have not previously completed an introductory-level microeconomics course (or equivalent), at the undergraduate or graduate level, they will be required to complete an undergraduate microeconomics course or PPM 611 Economics for Policy, Planning, and Management as part of the certificate.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Select two additional courses (6 credits) from the following:

Other courses may be approved upon request.


Visit USM Admissions for information on the graduate certificate program application process.