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Graduate Certificates

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 may count some of the credits in their degree toward a certificate, up to one-half the credits for the certificate. Admission to a certificate program requires a separate application. Students may apply for admission to a certificate after their first semester in their graduate program. A decision on admission will be made after a student’s first semester grades become available. 

Learn more about Rackham Graduate Certificate Programs and view a full list of available certificates:

Graduate Certificate Program  |  List of available certificates

Below are Graduate Certificates run by Taubman College:

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

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.

Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities

Cities are places of tremendous economic, political, and cultural opportunity, yet they are also important sites of public health concern. Built environments, human interactions, and public policies influence health outcomes in cities. At their best, these elements promote health and wellness. At their worst, they exacerbate chronic illness, infectious disease, substandard housing, toxic exposure, inadequate nutrition, and natural disaster. The emerging proliferation of healthy city initiatives worldwide is creating new opportunities to rethink urban processes from a public health perspective. The Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities introduces students to basic skills and competencies needed to help develop health research, policy, and designs to build healthier communities. Coursework highlights the social, environmental, economic, and political determinants of public health and health equity in urban contexts. It also provides a foundation for understanding the interconnections between healthy urban populations, urban economic growth, and vibrant urban neighborhoods.

Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics

Today, a growing number of people live in cities, and these cities are better connected by digital technologies than ever before. These two trends are resulting in the emerging field of urban informatics, an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that uses information technology for the analysis, management, planning, inhabitation, and usability in cities. The Graduate Certificate in Urban Informatics introduces students to this field, including not only technical skills for technology development and data analysis, but also the exploration of the ethical, legal, and policy questions created by new urban technologies. The certificate program is centered on several interrelated areas of professional innovation: urban analysis, civic technology, smart cities, and the use of technologies by urban professions.


Taubman College faculty also participate in these certificates:

Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainability and Graduate Certificate Program in Spatial Analysis offered through the School for Environment and Sustainability.

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