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Metropolitan Studies (MS)

Faculty Coordinator:  Kris Wernstedt

During the next generation, more than $40 trillion will be spent reshaping America’s built environment. More than half of all structures existing today will be demolished or reconfigured to serve different functions. New development should exceed 75% of all volume existing today. The magnitude of this change will challenge economic, social, governance, physical, and environmental systems as never before. It is imperative that the broadest number of current and prospective professionals possible appreciate the dynamics underlying this change, and learn how to manage it.

The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.

The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program. Admission to the Certificate Program requires an application from a student in either 1) current graduate student status in good standing in Virginia Tech; or 2) non-degree certificate student status.