Sustainable Urban Planning Master's Degree Program and Graduate Certificate


Why Earn Your Sustainable Urban Planning Master of Professional Studies Degree and Graduate Certificate from GW? 

In our Sustainable Urban Planning program, you will study cities through the lens of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. GW’s world-class faculty delivers state-of-the-art courses and firsthand insight on projects conducted in the public and private sectors. By working with them, you’ll learn forward-looking policy and action for advancing societies across the globe.



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Achieve Your Career Goals

Designed for working professionals like you who want to further your career in an emerging field by joining the next generation of globally-connected urban planners and environmentalists, you can earn your graduate certificate after 18 credits or combine the certificate and other courses to earn a 48-credit Master of Professional Studies degree in Sustainable Urban Planning in just 2 years.

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Flexible Study Options

Washington, DC is the heart of U.S. decision-making, providing the ideal backdrop and unparalleled access to sustainability and urban planning professionals and policymakers for Sustainable Urban Planning students to gain uncommon insights, experiences, and invaluable opportunities while earning your Master’s or Graduate Certificate.

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Career Guidance and a Global Network

GW’s Career Services Office provides one-on-one coaching, personalized mentoring, networking, and global resources to help Sustainable Urban Planning Master’s and Certificate students explore career opportunities across the globe, develop job search strategies, and sustain lifelong career success.


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“While working in commercial real estate I observed firsthand the negative impact of poor planning and development practices. I transitioned into medical device sales with the hope of working with technology to create healthier outcomes for people. In many ways, I achieved that goal every day, however, my reach was limited to a small number of individuals."

"I joined the program at GW because it would allow me to apply what I learned in sales and real estate to a larger scale. As an urban planner, I could be part of a profession that plans for healthier outcomes for communities, cities and regions.”

Clinton Markwell
Class of 2020






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Uniquely-Focused Urban Planning Curriculum

GW’s Sustainable Urban Planning program emphasizes sustainability’s “triple bottom line” by taking an interdisciplinary approach to systematic problem solving that is ideal for planners who want to be change agents.

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Leading Expert Faculty

GW students learn from practitioners working at the leading edge of their respective fields and have access to extensive networks within the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.


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Recognized for Quality

Our Master’s degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), which recognizes professional planning programs in North America on the basis of performance, integrity, and quality.

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Expand Your Knowledge

Through the Sustainable Urban Planning program, students broaden their knowledge and gain a comprehensive skill set in urban growth, land use, agricultural impact, and transportation engineering.




Employment Opportunities with Industry Leaders

Here are just some of the field’s top organizations where Sustainable Urban Planning Master of Professional Studies graduates are advancing their exciting careers:


  • China Fortune Land Development
  • ICF International 
  • Nature Conservancy
  • The World Bank
  • Top of Alabama Regional Planning Council


  • UN Habitat - UNHCR
  • Urban Land Institute 
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. EPS Sustainable Communities Program


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Take the next step towards earning your Sustainable Urban Planning Master’s Degree or Graduate Certificate from GW. Learn about how the program may be right for you—as well as about the curriculum, tuition, deadlines, and more—by completing the short form below.