Sustainable Urban Planning

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Arlington Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The graduate programs in Sustainable Urban Planning will give you the necessary skills and education to help you lead communities towards healthier and sustainable futures.

Designed to develop career urban planners skilled in sustainable urban planning and policy and knowledgeable about green technologies, these unique programs integrate sustainable thinking and insights into every aspect of your planning education. It is designed for professionals in:

  • urban planning and policy at the city, county, and state levels
  • environmental policy and advocacy
  • parks and planning
  • land use and public/private partnerships
  • commercial development and contracting
  • "green" industries.

The MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning also offers young professionals from other industries a unique opportunity to gain the technical grounding necessary to jump-start careers in urban planning and the fledgling sustainability arena.

The 48-credit MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning degree program is constructed as a series of stackable certificates along with 12 credits of Core Planning Coursework taken in the following sequence:

1.     Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Planning - (18 credits)
2.     Four-course, Core Planning Sequence - (12-credits)
3.     Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Management and Policy - (18 credits)


3.     Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes - (18 credits)

Graduates of the MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning program can expect to play pivotal roles in the emerging "green collar" job sector.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – May 1
Spring - October 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations required. Preferably, one recommendation should be submitted by a current supervisor.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this field and describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also, discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A resumé.


Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
44983 Knoll Square, Suite B56
Ashburn, VA 20147

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
[email protected] ~ 202-994-2083 (phone) 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday