Certificate in Metropolitan Studies

Certificate in Metropolitan Studies 2017-03-29T02:01:54+00:00

The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment. The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program.

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Contact: Kris Wernstedt, krisw@vt.edu

Admission to the Certificate Program requires status as a current graduate student in good standing in Virginia Tech. If not currently such a student, then application as a non-degree certificate student is necessary. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 for this category is needed. Exceptions include achieving this minimum based on the last 60 semester hours of coursework or Commonwealth Campus admission if the GPA is above 2.75 but below 3.00. Official transcripts must be submitted. Application requirements are posted on Virginia Tech’s Graduate School web site.
The Certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work. To receive the Certificate, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the courses taken.

Students seeking the Certificate who are *not *enrolled in the MURP degree program must complete at least six credit hours from among the following core certificate courses plus six credit hours in electives.
Core: Six credit hours from among:
UAP 5104: Urban & Regional Development Theory
UAP 5174: Theory & Practice of Urban & Regional Planning
UAP 5194: Urban Growth Management
UAP 5234: Urban Economy & Public Policy
Electives: Six credit hours from among other UAP courses including those not used for the core noted above, as approved by the faculty.

Students seeking the Certificate who *are *enrolled in the MURP degree program must complete the following two core certificate courses plus six credit hours in electives.

Core: Six core credit hours from:
UAP 5104: Urban & Regional Development Theory
UAP 5194: Urban Growth Management

Electives: Six credit hours from among other UAP courses not used for the core noted above and not appearing on the MURP plan of study, as approved by the faculty.

All courses used for the Certificate must be graded on an A-F basis. All courses also must be taken from Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program.