Through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, certificate programs are available for graduate students interested in gaining additional strength in a field that cuts across several disciplines. Students in urban and regional planning are most often interested in certificate programs in the areas of complex systems, spatial analysis, and real estate development. Students may count some of the credits for the M.U.P. degree toward a certificate, up to one-half the credits for the certificate. Admission to a certificate program requires an application separate from that for the Master of Urban Planning, and admission to the certificate is not guaranteed. Students may apply for admission to a certificate after their first semester in another graduate program. A decision on admission will be made after a student's first semester grades become available. See the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development is to give students from many graduate degree programs at the university guidance in how to bring about development that has a positive effect on living environments. The certificate draws on many courses that already exist and adds new ones to fill gaps in the collection of university-wide offerings. The certificate will provide students with the knowledge to become developers (although an individual can get a job as a developer with much less knowledge than a graduate of the certificate program would have). The certificate will also equip planners, lawyers, business managers, architects, urban designers, and others to work more effectively with developers to make improvements in the urban environment. The certificate is a 17-credit interdisciplinary program with requirements in an overview of real estate, real estate finance, real estate and land use law, real estate in the urban development context, design and implementation, and an integrative seminar.
The graduate certificate in complex systems introduces students to the ideas and methods used in the study of complex, nonlinear, and adaptive systems. The specific aim of this curriculum is to allow students from different fields to integrate the rich paradigms and useful analytic and modeling techniques of complex systems into their own research, including agent based modeling. The curriculum is designed to be accessible to students in a wide range of disciplines including the social sciences.
This certificate provides fundamental knowledge of industrial ecology methods and applications. It specifically provides specialization in technological and industrial innovation, consumer behavior and consumption patterns, policy and regulatory issues and economic factors and market forces to achieve more sustainable systems. Participating students will be better prepared to design and manage natural and industrial systems to meet human needs in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable manner. Due to the interdisciplinary emphasis of the industrial ecology, required courses are offered from a variety of University of Michigan departments and schools, including Natural Resources and Environment, Engineering, Public Health, Public Policy, and the Business School.
This certificate helps students to understand the social dynamics of science, technology, and medicine; explore these dynamics across world societies and cultures; develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class in science, technology, and medicine; and employ STS approaches as scholars or practitioners.
The certificate aims to provide analyses of contemporary feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and their implications for academic disciplines and professional practices; an examination of gender and other social identities and categories of analysis; an opportunity to broaden analytical skills while drawing on the interdisciplinary perspectives of women's studies; and a challenge to the traditional separation of academic theory from political and professional practice. Coursework involves core courses in feminist theory and methodology and advanced courses on women and gender in the discipline. It culminates in an advanced research project designed to incorporate a feminist perspective.