Graduate Certificates

Leadership for Coastal Resiliency Planning


The Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Coastal Resiliency Planning (GCRP) trains planners, policy makers, and public and nonprofit managers to address the growing challenges facing coastal communities. Our focus is on the development of resiliency, the ability to bounce back and build adaptive capacity, in our built environment and social institutions. The Tampa Bay area has been identified as one of the most vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise in the U.S., which makes our area a perfect laboratory for those seeking to study adaptation and resiliency in the face of today's coastal environmental challenges.


Courses for this graduate certificate program are only offered on the Tampa campus. We offer a mixture of in person, hybrid blend, and online courses.


For full consideration, your completed application should be received by the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester: August 1
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: April 15

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university and should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale average in their undergraduate study.


For new non-degree seeking students: In addition to your online application and non-refundable $30 application fee, you will also need to submit the following documents:

  • Undergraduate transcripts;
  • Letter of intent (aka statement of purpose); and
  • Resume (aka curriculum vitae).

Current graduate students at USF: DO NOT submit an online application. Instead, you will download and fill out the Graduate Certificate Approval Form. Send the completed paperwork and supplemental materials (statement of purpose and up-to-date resume only) via email to as one PDF file (do not send via DocuSign).


View Graduate Studies Catalog  |  View Sample Grad Check

Core Requirements

15 total credit hours; 9 credit hours of required core courses.

  • URP 6401 Planning for Resilient Communities (3)
  • URP 6422 Environmental and Planning Issues in Coastal Communities (3)
  • URP 6439 Disaster Resilient Community (3)

Elective Requirements

6 credit hours of required elective courses. Please select 2 courses from the following list:

  • PAD 5807 Urban and Local Government Administration (3)
  • PAD 6134 Project Management (3)
  • PAD 6146 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3)
  • PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3)
  • PAD 6710 Government Technology for Decision-Making (3)
  • URP 6316 Land Use Planning (3)
    • Can be substituted with PAD 6338 Urban Land Use and Policy Administration (3)
  • URP 6406 Urban Environmental Policy (3)
  • URP 6549 Urban and Metropolitan Economic Development Strategies (3)


The graduate certificate time limit is 5 years. However, students can complete this program within 1-3 years.


All 15 credit hours/5 courses from this certificate program may be eligible for transfer into the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program, as long as a grade of "B" or higher is received in each certificate course taken.


No standardized tests are required for admission to the certificate program. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a minimum score of 79 on TOEFL iBT, 6.5 on IELTS, or 110 on Duolingo taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry. Click here for more information on USF's English Proficiency Requirement.


  • International students who do not hold the required degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit translated transcripts from an NACES affiliated evaluation agency certifying equivalency to a U.S. degree.
  • Certificate students are ineligible for a student visa based on the certificate program alone (non-degree seeking), but concurrently enrolling in a master's program (graduate degree seeking) would make you eligible for a student visa.


Certificate Director
Dr. Evangeline Linkous
Phone: (813) 974-7982

Program Specialist
Annie Valdez
Phone: (813) 974-7861