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The Woodrow Wilson School offers a certificate in Urban Policy (UP), primarily for its own master's students, but graduate students from other Princeton departments are eligible to earn the certificate. The policy focus is global, and the coursework is grounded in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of cities and urban problems in both advanced industrialized and developing countries. The UP certificate emphasizes the social, economic and political dimensions of urban problems and is designed to prepare students for careers in urban policy analysis and economic development in national, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, think tanks and international organizations.
The UP certificate requires two core courses: WWS 537, Social Organization of Cities; and WWS 538, Urban Economics. When one of these courses is not offered in a given academic year, an approved substitute is designated, and this has typically been WWS 527a, Implementing Urban Economic Development. A list of approved electives is made available at the beginning of each academic year. Two half-term courses count as one elective. Students who wish to count one non-WWS course toward the certificate requirements must seek advance permission from the UP certificate chair.
UP certificate students (in WWS) are encouraged to take an urban policy workshop that would count as an elective course.