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The Woodrow Wilson School offers two distinct certificates to its own master’s students and to interested master’s students from relevant Princeton departments, especially the School of Architecture. Both certificates are grounded in the interdisciplinary and comparative study of cities and urban problems in both advanced industrialized and developing countries. The certificate in Urban Policy (UP) emphasizes the social, economic and political dimensions of urban problems and is designed to prepare students for careers in urban policy analysis and development in international agencies, national, state and local governments, think tanks and nonprofit organizations. The certificate in Urban Policy and Planning (UPP) builds on this scholarly foundation and adds a focus on physical planning.
The UP certificate requires two core courses: WWS 537, Social Organization of Cities; and WWS 538, Urban Economics. For the UPP certificate, students must take one of these two core courses as well as two core courses in planning theory and methods: WWS 533, Planning Theory and Process; and WWS 535, Planning Methods. Both certificates require two additional elective courses.
In both certificate programs, students are required to take a policy workshop that has been designated for urban policy. Relevant workshops have included Reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Fall 2016); Resiliency in Times of Change: Supporting Philadelphia Small Businesses in Gentrifying Neighborhoods (Fall 2015); Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence in Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District: A Report for the Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative (Fall 2014); and Addressing Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing Needs after Superstorm Sandy: Recommendations to the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (Fall 2013).