Part-time, in class Urban Design Certificate

Program details


Part-time via online-supported remote delivery.

Program update: Due to the COVID-19 situation, course schedules and delivery formats are currently under review. To receive updates on offerings, please join our email list

Schedule Most courses take place on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, over two weeks.  
Duration You’ll complete all core courses sequentially within 10 months. You can complete the two electives any time within two years of beginning the program.
Upcoming term The next program begins January 11, 2021.
Courses There are six core courses and two electives.
Learning materials See the first course for required textbooks. The cost of textbooks is not included in your tuition.
Tuition Tuition is based on individual course fees.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable)
Application deadline November 20, 2020

Start with the first course

If you’re not ready for a program, we invite you to start with the first course, Urban Design Theory and Practice, which begins January 11, 2021. It's useful on its own or as a foundation for the rest of the program. After completing the course, you'll have the option of applying to the program and finishing the certificate.

Most other urban design courses are also available for individual registration, if space is available. Visit the course section for details.

Coursework: What to expect

You’ll complete reading before many of your courses begin. We’ll email you these pre-course readings a week before the first session.

If you’re a certificate student, you’ll complete take-home assignments for each course except the studio courses. You should plan to spend between 12 and 14 hours on each assignment.

In the studio courses, you’ll deliver presentations to a group of domain experts, showcasing your designs and action plans.

You’ll work through the program with a cohort—a group of professionals from across North America, with whom you’ll share professional experiences, ideas, and expertise.

Graduation requirements

To receive the Urban Design Certificate, complete all six core courses and two electives, including take-home assignments. You must submit all coursework within two years of starting the program.