Graduate Certificate in Geodesign

A geographic image used for geodesign

Why a Certificate in Geodesign at Penn State?

As an emerging and evolving field, geodesign is becoming increasingly important in a variety of professions and industries. The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Geodesign is to provide you with a foundation in geospatially oriented design through the investigation of interdisciplinary methods and the collaborative nature of the geodesign process. The 14-credit Graduate Certificate in Geodesign, offered through Penn State World Campus, allows professional practitioners who wish to advance their careers, or those who seek to make career changes, to complete the required course work in one year through the convenience of online courses.

Who Should Apply?

Penn State's Graduate Certificate in Geodesign is designed for current or aspiring professionals from a variety of backgrounds, employed in government agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, who see limitations in how regional and urban planning and design challenges are now addressed. 

To apply to the program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The geodesign graduate certificate can prepare you to work in a variety of design and planning roles. Demand for the services of professionals in these roles will continue to rise, driven by increasing public demand for more sustainably designed places, smart risk management, and informed environmental justice. In this program, you can learn to couple science and evidence-based approaches with the design process, enabling you to become more adept at assessing the impact of designs on people and nature. This will become critical for a variety of roles, including:

  • architect
  • environmental scientist and specialist
  • environmental engineer
  • geoscientist
  • landscape architect
  • geographer
  • urban and regional planner
  • hydrologist
  • natural resource manager
  • public health professional
  • disaster and security specialist

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions. 

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.