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Certificate Programs
Urban and Regional Governance

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Governance is a 15 credit hour program of study. The certificate program is designed for students with an interest in the planning, financing, and management of urban areas. It’s the only graduate certificate of its kind in Indiana.

Graduates of the program will be able to design research and conduct analysis in the field of urban planning and urban policy. Urban planners and urban geographers support policy with quantitiative analysis using statistical software and data management skills.

The Urban and Regional Governance certificate program leverages the urban location of the university, and the social, demographic, and economic trends that are attracting greater numbers of students to study, live, and work in metropolitan areas.

Admission Eligibility

The student must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply.


An online application and information may be obtained from spea.iupui.edu. Application deadlines for the certificate programs are May 15 for the fall semester, September 15 for the spring semester, and March 15 for summer sessions. Students must pay a nonrefundable application fee.

Program Restrictions
  1. Students admitted to a O'Neill graduate degree program are not eligible for admission nor awarding of a certificate in the same concentration of their graduate degree.
  2. Transfer credit, course substitutions, or course waivers are not accepted for fulfilling the certificate requirements.
  3. Students enrolled in a certificate program can only confer the certificate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) in all required coursework. 
  4. A student may be dismissed if, after 9 credit hours of coursework, the GPA is below a 3.0.
  5. Admission to or successful completion of a certificate program does not guarantee subsequent admission to an O'Neill graduate degree program.
  6. Students enrolled in a certificate program who apply to an O'Neill graduate degree programs must meet all existing admission requirements, or may request a waiver if they complete at least three classes towards the certificate with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)
Required Courses (12 credit hours)

FOUR of the following courses:

  • SPEA-V 502 Public Management
  • SPEA-V 507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs
  • SPEA-V 511 Collaborative Governance
  • SPEA-V 512 Public Policy Process
  • SPEA-V 560 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • SPEA-E 529 Application of Geographic Information Systems
Elective (3 credit hours)

ONE additional O'Neill graduate public affairs course from the following list: 

  • SPEA-V 517 Public Management Economics
  • SPEA-V 527 Urban Sustainability 
  • SPEA-V 532 Urban Planning and Placemaking
  • SPEA-V 663 Policy Analysis