UPPD Certificates

Certificates are groupings of five or so courses offered by key, multiple departments that if taken, indicate that the student has developed cross-disciplinary expertise in a particular subject area. Certificates can be awarded by any of the participating departments or programs. Each participating department, school, or program has a coordinator for the certificate. The certificate differs from a concentration in that multiple Rutgers departments or schools are involved in the certificate.

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The Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies is cross-disciplinary and administered by the School of Engineering and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The certificate is open to matriculated graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the two graduate programs (Urban Planning and Policy Development, and Public Policy) of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. In general, students will be enrolled at the master’s level and receive the transportation studies certificate signifying completion of the program at graduation. Under some circumstances, doctoral students may be admitted to the certificate program.

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A certificate program in geospatial information science is offered by a faculty drawn from the Bloustein School, the Department of Geography, and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The certificate program provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of the emerging discipline of geospatial information, focusing both on the development of theory and on the application of geographic information systems.

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The Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation is a cross-disciplinary graduate program administered by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Department of Art History. This certificate program is open to graduate students enrolled in and working toward completion of any of Rutgers graduate masters or doctoral programs.

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This certificate is a cross-disciplinary graduate program administered by the programs in planning and public policy within the Edward J. Bloustein School. This certificate program is only open to graduate students enrolled in and working toward completion of the master of city and regional planning (M.C.R.P.) program. There is a symmetrical urban planning certificate available to public policy graduate students. Contact Clint Andrews for more information

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This certificate is a cross-disciplinary graduate program administered by the programs in planning and public policy within the Edward J. Bloustein School. This certificate program is only open to graduate students enrolled in and working towards completion of the master of city and regional planning ( M.C.R.P.) program. There is a symmetrical urban planning certificate available to public policy graduate students.

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The graduate-level certificate program Real Estate Development & Redevelopment,  developed jointly by the Bloustein School and Rutgers Business School’s Center for Real Estate, focuses on the theories, methods, practical skills and contextual knowledge needed to work at a high level within this industry. The innovative and interdisciplinary program integrates existing coursework offered in the Bloustein School’s graduate programs in planning and public policy, Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate, and the Rutgers Business School MBA program.

The real estate industry is economically important and has unique characteristics that tie it firmly to specific places and their attributes. This is especially true when redeveloping existing sites. The urban planner’s domains of land use planning, transportation, housing policy, property tax regimes, and local politics set the context for the real estate industry as it carries out development and redevelopment. The business of real estate drives the development and redevelopment processes that create the need for urban planning, urban design, and land use regulation. By combining the strengths of Bloustein’s top-10 ranked urban planning graduate program with RBS’ MBA Real Estate concentration, this certificate offers students in both programs an unparalleled learning opportunity. This collaboration, these perspectives and skills are the focus of this certificate program.

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The Bloustein School, the Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), the Department of Human Ecology, and the Department of Civil Engineering have developed a certificate in Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience. The certificate focuses on the theories, methods, practical skills and contextual knowledge needed to work productively on coastal areas and their populations which are extremely vulnerable to effects of climate change, ranging from sea level rise to intensified storm events, and understanding both the risks and the adaptation opportunities requires knowledge from several disciplines.

Bloustein School students should see Clinton Andrews or Robert Kopp for more information.

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The Graduate Certificate in Energy, offered by the Bloustein School and Rutgers Energy Institute, is designed to give Rutgers students a strong background in the timely topic of energy. By taking advantage of the many energy-related courses offered at Rutgers as well as ongoing research involving all aspects of energy, the certificate builds on the diversity, magnitude, and variety of Rutgers resources in science, engineering and public policy by enabling graduate students to cross over to courses outside their graduate program and enrich their background in energy. Students receiving this certificate will have received a broad exposure to the topics and challenges in energy, and will have stronger qualifications to pursue a career in industry, government and academia upon graduation, as well as become leaders in innovation. Currently, Rutgers is unique in New Jersey offering a Graduate Certificate in Energy.

Bloustein School students should see Frank Felder or Clinton Andrews for more information.

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The graduate certificate in Transportation Vulnerability, Risk and Security was developed by a coalition of faculty and staff from the Bloustein School, the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). The 15-credit program is designed for Rutgers-New Brunswick graduate students with an interest in a risk analysis approach to transportation policy. Participants in this program will develop expertise that can be applied through a multidisciplinary approach, providing them with skills that will apply to future work sites and enrich their and research in the field of transportation planning and management. This approach offers students a background in the disciplines of engineering, health, sociology, geography, environmental planning, and risk management. The research and training associated with the certificate will enable certified students to apply their classroom experience in a comprehensive approach to reducing risk exposures and develop efficient interdisciplinary networks in response to complex problems related to system vulnerabilities. The certificate has two required courses, the initial course in transit management and planning and a seminar, challenging the students to draw from all their certificate courses in the completion of their final project.

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