Graduate Catalog
2021-2022
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Metropolitan Studies
METC
Address:
900 North Glebe Rd., Rm. 5-036
Arlington, VA 22203
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Elia Amegashie:
571/858-3109

Certificate Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is closed to new enrollments as of Fall 2020.  All currently enrolled certificate students must finish certificate requirements by the end of Spring 2022, when the certificate will be terminated. 

Originally designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them, the certificate has been part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program's overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.

The target population has included current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program (including those who currently are not degree-seeking VT students).
How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Certificate Program is now closed.  It formerly required an application from a student in either 1) current graduate student status in good standing in Virginia Tech; or 2) non-degree certificate student status. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 for this category is needed. Exceptions include achieving this minimum based on the last 60 semester hours of coursework or Commonwealth Campus admission if the GPA is above 2.75 but below 3.00. Official transcripts must be submitted.  Application requirements are posted on Virginia Tech's Graduate School web site.

Course Requirements

The Certificate is closed to new applicants.  For existing students in the certificate, it requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work by the end of Spring 2022. To receive the Certificate, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the courses taken.

Students seeking the Certificate who are not enrolled in the MURP degree program must complete at least six credit hours from among the following core certificate courses plus six credit hours in electives.
Core: Six credit hours from among:
UAP 5104: Urban & Regional Development Theory
UAP 5174: Planning Theory & History
UAP 5194: Urban Growth Management
UAP 5234: Urban Economy, Equity, & Society
Electives: Six credit hours from among other UAP courses including those not used for the core noted above, as approved by the faculty.

Students seeking the Certificate who are enrolled in the MURP degree program must complete the following two core certificate courses plus six credit hours in electives.
Core: Six core credit hours from:
UAP 5104: Urban & Regional Development Theory
UAP 5194: Urban Growth Management
Electives: Six credit hours from among other UAP courses not used for the core noted above and not appearing on the MURP plan of study, as approved by the faculty.

All courses used for the Certificate must be graded on an A-F basis. All courses also must be taken from Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning Program.