CED Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation (BCDI)

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Experimentation in Creative Thinking with the Design Innovation Certificate

About the Program

In today’s world, innovations require weaving together the knowledge, theories and skills of different disciplines. This new Certificate Program for 2017 introduces design as the creative and critical means to innovate — to define, to imagine, and to advance a globally just future.

The Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation assumes that innovation will not come from any one discipline, but rather from the meaningful integration of methods, technologies, knowledge, and thought from a wide range of different disciplines. As such, the certificate connects the design approaches and disciplines from four schools (College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science – Arts and Humanities Division, and the Haas School of Business) to ensure that students know how to innovate. The program trains students to take responsibility for the entire life cycle of innovation, from idea to execution and beyond.


Information about courses available and forms for this program are located on the BCDI curriculum page.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST)


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About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) provides an academic structure for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas around geospatial information and analysis. Geographic information science and technology, along with geostatistics and analysis of satellite imagery, have emerged as major cross-disciplinary tools used in academic research, industrial applications, and public policy analysis.

The GIST enables specialized, multidisciplinary training and research opportunities in various emerging areas of geospatial information science and technology. Certificate students will not only participate in a cutting-edge program and receive explicit recognition of specialization in GIST by virtue of the Graduate Certificate but will be well positioned to compete for the most desirable jobs in geospatial technology, both in academia and in industry.

The program is hosted by the Department of City and Regional Planning and governed jointly by the deans of the College of Environmental Design, College of Natural Resources, and College of letters and Science, Division of Social Science.


The Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities  (GCGUH)

Global Urban Humanities Graduate Certificate Program

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About the Program

New for 2017, the Graduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanites provides a framework for the study of cities and urban life that brings together approaches from many disciplines. Participation in the program introduces you to an active community of scholars, urban practitioners and artists engaged in developing new methods of research and teaching. The certificate is intended to provide you with the opportunity to find new ways of thinking about cities by exploring methods and theories from outside your home discipline.  

Additional Certificate Benefits: 

  • Eligibility to apply for a Global Urban Humanities-Townsend Fellowship, with participation to take place in Spring 2019 or Spring 2020 (PhD students only)
  • Priority admittance to the Global Urban Humanities Core Seminar and International Research Studio
  • Membership in a community of scholars and urban practitioners deeply interested in understanding and exploring the new and emerging urban centers 


Forms and instructions for admission are available on the Global Urban Humanites site.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (IGCRE)


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About the Program

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate (IGCRE) recognizes interdisciplinary training in real estate, including real estate investment, real estate law, and the role of real estate development in the built environment. The IGCRE offers graduate students in the College of Environmental Design (CED), the Haas School of Business (Haas), and Berkeley Law the opportunity to supplement their major areas of study with courses that specifically focus on real estate.

As part of the IGCRE, students may (1) undertake specialized, multi-disciplinary courses in city planning and design, (2) learn about the process of development and gaining entitlements, (3) gain skills in financial and asset market analysis, (4) learn the legal foundations of construction and real estate transactions, and/or (5) explore housing and land use policy.

The IGCRE will give students explicit recognition of a specialization in real estate, which in complement to their graduate program, will position them to compete for jobs in law firms, public and private corporations with real estate investments, planning positions, design practices, local government, real estate development, and companies involved in real estate capital markets.


  • The IGCRE Application for Admission, and other supporting documents, are submitted to the student's assigned staff in their home unit no later than OCTOBER 1 OR MARCH 1. Students who fail to submit an application by the deadline will be INELIGIBLE for priority enrollment for the following semester.
  • The IGCRE Completion Form, and other supporting documents, must be submitted to Kathleen Pera no later than ONE MONTH prior to the last day of the fall or spring semester.