The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Urban Justice and Sustainability is a post-master’s program for working professionals. The CAGS program will enhance your skillset helping you to be more effective in advancing urban justice and sustainability through public policy and planning practice, research, and activism.
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program is a hybrid online plus on-campus graduate certificate offered over the course of one year through the Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP). With the majority of your studies occurring online, the structure enables you to study at a top-ranked university while continuing to work full-time. Coursework includes two five-day on-campus summer intensive courses and four online courses taken during the academic year. The certificate is rooted intellectually in three inter-related policy/planning themes: social justice, sustainability, and community engagement.
Although largely a web-based program, the courses are structured to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer and student-to-faculty interaction. A large component of the program is an independent project unique to student interests with direct mentorship and guidance from a UEP advisor. In addition, the Urban Justice and Sustainability certificate promotes an atmosphere for students to reflect on their own professional and civic practices. In the end, the program helps empower you to more actively advance social justice and sustainability in complex public policy and planning settings in your own community.
For U.S.-based students with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) membership, the CAGS will be suitable for credit towards annual Certification Maintenance (CM) requirements. Tufts is an approved AICP CM provider.
CAGS Course Structure
Every student will enroll in:
- Introductory five-day, on-campus summer intensive course (August)
- Two online courses during the fall semester (September-December)
- Two online courses during the spring semester (January-June)
- Concluding five-day, on-campus summer intensive course (August)
Applicants must have a master's degree or J.D. to apply to the program.
- Application Fee
- Personal Statement
Please give reasons for deciding to do post-graduate work. Please limit your answer to under 2,500 words. We are particularly concerned that you cover these points:
- What previous experiences have brought you to consider applying for the CAGS in Urban Justice and Sustainability?
- What are your chief objectives in applying now?
- How do you think this program will help you achieve those objectives and advance your career?
- Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
- One Letter of Recommendation