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Postgraduate Certificate On Campus

Urban Design

Portland State University

12 months
683 USD/credit 13660 USD/year
683 USD/credit 13660 USD/year
456 USD/credit 9120 USD/year
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The Graduate Certificate in Urban Design at Portland State University, a joint effort of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the School of Architecture, has been created to offer planners, designers, and architects the opportunity to engage and incorporate in their own work the principles and methods of urban design. 

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It utilizes the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region as a laboratory, an urban place renowned for its use of urban design and attention to urban design concerns. This Urban Design program at Portland State University is intended for those who are currently seeking an advanced planning or architecture degree, or who are currently employed as a professional planner, architect, or designer.

Students who participate in the Urban Design Certificate are introduced to a cohort of future professionals dedicated to bridging policy and large-scale urban planning with human-scale design solutions. Building on and complementing the strengths of the planning and architecture degree programs, the UD certificate gives students without design experience training in design representation, interpretation, and storytelling. Meanwhile, it supplements the repertoire of those with a design background with skills in urban and regional mapping, ecological, and economic analysis. 

Both groups benefit from a robust engagement with urban theory grounded in real-life case studies and scenarios. Most importantly, the certificate cultivates an attitude of exchange and dialogue between future professionals engaged in different aspects of build-environment production.


Students who participate in the Urban Design Certificate put their skills and perspectives to work in planning offices, architectural firms, government agencies, and the non-profit sector. Rather than a prescribed career path, the certificate offers the opportunity to explore additional perspectives and approaches that complement other degree programs and career trajectories.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Urban Design 
  • Public Space 
  • Urban Design Methods 
  • Urban Design Workshop 
  • Contemporary Urban Design 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


20 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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

    13660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    13660 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9120 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 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.


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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