Graduate Certificates

Urban and Metropolitan Studies

The Urban and Metropolitan Studies certificate program combines interdisciplinary academic approaches with real-world experiences to enable students to develop expertise in how cities and their metropolitan areas are built, change over time, and impact both residents and their environments.

Applicants to this certificate program must be degree-seeking University of Georgia students and will be required to satisfy the requirements of their chosen field in addition to earning this certificate.

Why Urban and Metropolitan Studies at the University of Georgia?

This certificate program combines interdisciplinary academic approaches with real-world experiences to enable students to develop expertise in how cities and their metropolitan areas are built, change over time, and impact both residents and their environments.

Meeting the goals for this certificate will help equip UGA students and graduates for career paths and/or graduate study in fields impacted by urban and metropolitan processes.  These might include urban planning, the non-profit sector, real estate, law, architecture and urban design, business and finance, education, government, medicine and health, as well as arts and design.

Inquiries, Application and Completion

There are no prerequisite courses required for the certificate program.  If you have any inquires on the program, please contact the certificate program coordinator (Dr. Steven Holloway, holloway@uga.edu). 
To apply, please request to be admitted to the Urban and Metropolitan Studies Certificate Program to Dr. Holloway at holloway@uga.edu. 

Total required course requirements: 12 credits

Required core courses, 6 credits:

GEOG 8630, Seminar in Urban Geography
One of the following courses :

GEOG 4630/6630, Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG 4631/6631, Race, Inequality, and the American City
GEOG 4632/6632, Urban Social Movements
GEOG 4633/6633, Urban Political Ecology
GEOG 6635, Cities and Film

Electives, 6 credits (at least one course must be from outside Geography):

No more than one additional course from the GEOG 66xx sequence listed above, and no more than 3 total Geography courses
Upon approval by the Program Director, no more than one instance (3 credit maximum) of ONE of the following may be used:

6xxx-level or higher discipline-specific independent or directed readings
Internship (for graduate credit)

At least one elective should open only to graduate students -- 8xxx-level seminars can count upon approval by the Program Director when their topic and focus is substantially urban and fits with the student’s academic and professional objectives. Two instances of GEOG 8630 can count upon approval when the instructor and topic substantially differ.
EDES 4270/6270 and EDES 4280E/6280E, Environmental Design Uses of Geographic Information Systems
EDES 4640/6640, The History of Urban Planning
EDES(PLAN) 4650/6650, City Planning
FHCE 4300/6300, Advanced Housing Theories
FHCE 4310/6310, Housing Policy
FHCE 4340S/6340S, Housing and Community Development
FHCE 5310/7310, Managing Nonprofit and Special Community Housing
GEOG 4160/6160, Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment
GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L, Transportation Modeling and GIS
GEOG 4385/6385, Community GIS
GEOG 4890/6890, Athens Urban Food Collective (AUFC) Service Learning
LAND 4120/6120, Designing Healthy Places
PLAN 6420, Urban Design
PLAN 6430, Urban Infrastructure
PLAN 6520(4 hours), Environmental Planning Studio I
PLAN 6540(4 hours), Environmental Planning Studio II
PLAN 6560(4 hours), Environmental Planning Studio III
REAL 7100, Real Estate
SOCI 6470, Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 8820, Communities and Crime

These courses are grouped into several suggested themes for students (students may design their own themes in consultation with their advisors):

Culture, Society, and Politics: FHCE 4300/6300, GEOG 4631/6631, GEOG 4632/6632, GEOG 6635, GEOG 8630, SOCI 6470, SOCI 8820
Policy and Planning: EDES 4640/6640, EDES(PLAN) 4650/6650, FHCE 4310/6310, FHCE 4340S/6340S, GEOG 4631/6631, PLAN 6420, PLAN 6430, PLAN 6520, PLAN 6540, PLAN 6560, LAND 4120/6120
Cities and Nature: GEOG 4160/6160, GEOG 4633/6633, GEOG 4890/6890
Community Engagement: FHCE 4340S/6340S, GEOG 4385/6385, GEOG 4632/6632, GEOG 4890/6890
Urban and Community GIS: EDES 4270/6270 and EDES 4280E/6280E, GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L, GEOG 4385/6385