Public Interest Design, Postgraduate Certificate | Portland State University | Portland, United States
12 months
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734 USD/credit 13212 USD/year
734 USD/credit 13212 USD/year
503 USD/credit 9054 USD/year
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About

The Public Interest Design program from Portland State University prepares future leaders in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, community development, and other fields to aid currently underserved populations through human-centered design methods rooted in the "triple bottom line" of sustainability (social, environmental, and economic).

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Overview

PSU's Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design is the first program of its kind in public interest design in the United States.

The Public Interest Design program from Portland State University provides an educational foundation for graduate students and professionals preparing to enter the emerging field of Public Interest Design, through study in multiple disciplines and environmental studies, and hands-on field experience, working directly with communities in need. 

Career

The field of architecture has begun to embrace sustainability and equity in practice, as the profession evolves in the face of a changing world. Architecture students who earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design often go on to work in architecture firms and projects focusing on affordable housing, healthy communities, and equitable access to resources, serving communities in need of high-quality architectural and urban design. 

For students who are not pursuing an architecture degree, the Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design offers a multidisciplinary view into the ways that design can benefit communities in need, empowering them to creatively and collaboratively address social, environmental, and economic issues.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Issues Seminar: Public Interest Design in Practice
  • Practicum: Public Interest Design Fieldwork 
  • Urban Poverty in Critical Perspective
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • USP Political Economy of Nonprofit Organizations

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS
6.5
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic
60
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TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
80

Credits

18 SCH

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
2.75

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
6.5
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic
60
More about PTE Academic
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
80

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13212 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    13212 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 734 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9054 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 503 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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