Policy, Planning, and Management

Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Sustainable Development

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Sustainable Development provides students with a firm grounding in community planning covering areas such as planning and sustainability concepts, land use and environmental regulation, economic development, and working with the public. This certificate is the only certificate in Northern New England to provide students with planning preparation.

Those contemplating a career in land use, economic development, and sustainability planning - are invited to discuss their goals with the Chair.

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 upon admission. Students generally take one course a semester.

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

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • PPM 607 Elements of Plan Making
  • PPM 612 Sustainable Communities

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

  • PPM 534 Managing Cities, Towns and Counties
  • PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development
  • PPM 613 Sustainable Development Workshop
  • PPM 664 Introduction to Town Design and SketchUp
  • PPM 665 Transportation Planning and Policy
  • GEO 605 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 608 GIS Applications I
  • GEO 618 GIS Applications II

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay:  In a brief essay (300-500 words), please state your reasons for pursuing Certificate of Graduate Study in CommunityPlanning and Sustainable Development, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials: 

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program. 

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation