Students specializing in transportation may be eligible to be awarded a Transportation Certificate. The Transportation Certificate Program, coordinated by School of Planning and Public Affairs Associate Professor of Instruction, Steve Spears, enables students to be awarded an additional credential. It is documented on a student's transcript at the time the master's degree is earned. To apply to the Transportation Studies Program students must complete the Certificate in Transportation Studies application form by November 1st of the student’s first semester in planning. Any courses taken prior to the certificate application cannot be counted.
To obtain a certificate, planning students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of transportation-related courses offered in Urban and Regional Planning and related fields. Specific requirements are listed in the University General Catalog under the heading of Transportation Studies, Graduate Certificate. Substitutions are possible if the courses listed are not offered during the student's residency at the University of Iowa.
Individuals working toward degrees in other transportation-related disciplines are encouraged to apply to the Transportation Studies Program. Depending on a student's background, additional coursework in statistics, computer programming, simulation, mathematics, and operations research may be required for the certificate. Credit earned in these courses may not be applicable to a student's degree program.
During the student's final semester, the certificate completion form must be submitted before the established deadline for the Degree Application set by the Graduate College (approximately 10 weeks before graduation).
A Geoinformatics certificate is available to graduate students through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI) . The 21 semester hours of courses required to complete the certificate include offerings from Urban and Regional Planning, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Geoscience, and Statistics.