For the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population is living in cities. According to the World Health Organization, this trend will continue over the next forty years, with the world's urban population increasing from seven billion in 2013 to nine billion in 2050.
While growing cities add trillions of dollars to the global economy through consumption and investment, they also bring enormous challenges in managing resources, creating infrastructure and ensuring sustainability. Now more than ever, public administrators and those who desire careers in this field need advanced professional education that will enable them to meet these challenges through critical thinking, informed judgment and the ability to persuade and lead others effectively.
Offered in collaboration with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the 15-unit Urban Studies and Planning (URBS) graduate certificate – which is embedded as an option in CSUN's two-year MPA program – is designed to meet the advanced professional education goals of the following types of students:
Benefits of the URBS graduate-certificate program – taught on the CSUN campus – include the following:
To learn about Urban Studies and Planning option within the Master of Public Administration degree, please visit MPA Urban Studies and Planning option page.