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Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Kelleann Foster, Lead Faculty
121 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park
Telephone: 814-865-9511
Fax: 814-863-8137

The purpose of the graduate certificate in Geodesign is to provide students with a foundation in geospatially-oriented design through investigating interdisciplinary methods and the collaborative nature of the Geodesign process.  This program is for current or aspiring practitioners, from a variety of professional backgrounds, employed in government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations, who see limitations in how regional and urban planning and design challenges are currently addressed.  The program is designed for professional practitioners who wish to advance their careers, and for those seeking to make career changes, while remaining in their current location or maintaining full-time professional responsibilities.  The certificate consists of a five-course, 14-credit curriculum that can be completed in one year and is delivered online through the World Campus.  Students must earn a “C” or better in each course that is intended to count toward the certificate.

Admission Requirements:
Individuals wishing to enroll in this graduate certificate program must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Applicants are expected to have achieved a 3.0 (B) or higher undergraduate grade point average. The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.
International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

GEODZ 511 (3 credits): Geodesign History, Theory, Principles
GEODZ 822 (3 credits): Geodesign Models: Decision and Evaluation

GEODZ 824 (3 credits): Geodesign Models: Impact and Process*
GEODZ 826 (3 credits): Geodesign Models: Change and Representation*
* Students will take one of these two “Models” courses; placement is dependent on previous experience.

In addition to the 9 required credits specified above, students must select at least 5 credits of GEOG courses at the 400 level or higher; courses must be approved in advance by the student's adviser. A list of acceptable electives is maintained by the program office.

Effective Semester:  Summer 2013
Expiration Semester:  Spring 2018

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-01-131

Review Date: 08/20/13



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