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Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Certificate Programs

Students working together on a UEP project

In addition to our master's programs, we offer three certificate programs: one for current graduate students, one post-master's program, and a suite of flexible programs for working professionals.

GIS Certificate

Available only to current Tufts graduate students, the GIS Certificate allows students the opportunity to further develop their Geographic Information Science (GIS) skills. The certificate requires completion of four GIS courses, and is awarded along with the primary master's degree through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

GIS Certificate Requirements >

Post-Master's CAGS

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Urban Justice and Sustainability is a post-master's program for working professionals. The CAGS program will enhance your skill set helping you to be more effective in advancing urban justice and sustainability through public policy and planning practice, research, and activism. This program is a hybrid online plus on-campus graduate certificate offered over the course of one year.

Learn more about the Post-Master's CAGS >

Lastly, we offer two certificate programs in community sustainability and we co-sponsor a third in Program Evaluation. The certificates in Management of Community Organizations and Community Environmental Studies emphasize participatory strategies for community self-determination and sustainability. These flexible programs enable working adults to gain the vital management, community development, evaluation and/or environmental skills necessary to enhance existing careers or move into new professional work. Contact certificates@tufts.edu for additional information.

Community Environmental Studies

This program is designed for citizen advocates promoting sustainable communities, environmental specialists in companies who interact with community leaders, and public agency personnel who have local responsibilities. The certificate in Community Environmental Studies provides professional training for careers in today's rapidly growing and changing environmental and sustainable development fields. The program offers a rich and varied selection of environmental courses in planning, policy, economics, sustainable development, engineering, and science complemented by courses in negotiation, law, and nonprofit management.

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Community Environmental Studies Curriculum >

Management of Community Organizations

Many people who work in community organizations are "accidental managers"—they started organizing or providing a direct service because of their deep commitment to an issue, and several years later they face the challenge of administering growing, complex organizations.

The certificate in Management of Community Organizations offers professional management training within the framework of the social, economic, and political values that shape the nonprofit sector. The program's goal is to train people with a commitment to social concerns and effective management who wish to work at the community level. Participants share a commitment to working to improve the housing, employment, health, and the overall quality of life for low-income groups and communities.

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Management of Community Organizations Curriculum >

Program Evaluation

The certificate in Program Evaluation is offered in collaboration with the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the School of Medicine. To earn a certificate, students successfully complete four courses for credit. The Program Evaluation certificate also requires completion of an applied practicum.

Private funders and public agencies are increasingly demanding evaluation as a requirement for funding. Individuals with evaluation training are needed to assist programs, sponsoring agencies, and funders in planning and carrying out evaluations to address their needs for information and analysis. The certificate in Program Evaluation is designed for mid-career professionals who wish to learn about the design and implementation of effective evaluation strategies. Students learn practical skills that can be put to use in the evaluation of a wide range of social service, public health, community development, and environmental programs. In addition to a bachelor's degree applicants are expected to have 3-5 years of professional experience in a particular field.

Courses for the certificate programs are drawn from the curriculum of the respective master's programs. It is possible to complete a certificate program in as little as one year or to extend it over several years. The certificate programs are open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. 

Learn more about the Program Evaluation Certificate >

Program Evaluation Curriculum >

For an application and more information on the certificate programs, contact:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
617-627-3395 | Email