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Sustainable Infrastructure (Certificate)

Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations

The developing parts of the world are the frontier of infrastructure development. The program courses are designed to include this specialized knowledge while also meeting the requirements for domestic employment. Courses for the certificate are specifically selected to prepare baccalaureate degree holding, practicing engineers and scientists to work under the limitations and circumstances that characterize developing locations.


The program is attractive to individuals working throughout the metropolitan Boston region in consulting firms involved with or seeking work in the international arena and with engineers and scientists seeking to improve their marketability to move into this growth area of practice. An advisory board consisting of individuals from consulting firms, state and federal agencies, NGO’s, academe and individuals with extensive, senior-level involvement in infrastructure development projects advise on both the program and course content.

Who Should Apply

The Certificate is available only to individuals already possessing suitable bachelor’s degrees in engineering or science. Certificate courses may be applied toward appropriate graduate degrees. Individuals may take one or more courses without commitment to either the certificate program or matriculated student status.

Application Process

Applicants for the certificate must present evidence of a suitable baccalaureate degree, complete an abbreviated application available from Graduate Admissions and obtain formal acceptance from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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The Certificate Program

The Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations graduate certificate is supported by a multidisciplinary effort involving the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Environmental Studies graduate programs in the College of Engineering. Courses in Energy Engineering may be applicable for some students. In the future, as growing program demand justifies it, it is intended that courses in the areas of health professions, education and policy may also be included.

Award of the certificate requires successful completion of four courses according to the limitations shown below. A further requirement is that all work on the certificate program must be completed within five years of admission to the program.  While course titles may change for a number of existing courses, their instructors and course content will remain substantially the same with adjustments made only to assure suitability for students seeking technical content appropriate for application to domestic and/or international conditions. 

Required Area-of-Concentration Courses: A pair of closely related courses that develop an area of concentration from among the list of offerings is required.

Open-Choice Courses: Two other courses from the list. Individual programs of courses to complete the certificate will be developed in consultation with faculty.

Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information, program and course descriptions.