Change to Students gain an understanding of the principles of urban sustainability, global frameworks for sustainability, and how to apply them to specific cities and surrounding metro regions to understand why cities exist and how they grow. Scenario planning and an introduction to technology tools for spatial planning provide both tangible and practical application of gained knowledge.
Interactive learning platforms
Discussion forums facilitated by world class faculty
Courses may count towards degree
$550 per credit hour
3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours
Funding options are available
Graduate-level certificates provide you with skills and insights you can put to immediate use in your current career. If you’re looking for longer term professional development, our for-credit, academic courses can serve you now and help you build capacity for the future. CLU certificates offer the exact same courses that are taught in the University’s master’s degree programs, so you can apply your credits toward a CLU graduate degree. You will receive the same quality instruction and engagement as our full-time students along with dual credit: a professional certificate and academic credit.
A certificate can be an affordable short-term career enhancement or the foundation of your master’s degree. Whether you hope to grow, pivot, advance, or change careers, a master’s degree can be a true differentiator. With our options for credit for prior learning and transferring certificate credits, you may be closer than you think!
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Suzanne Beaumaster received her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and her MPA from Northern Kentucky University. Dr. Beaumaster specializes in Information Technology Management in Public Organizations and has published articles in Information Technology & Government. Dr. Beaumaster has completed a supplemental text for students of Organization Theory.
Antonia Castro Graham, MPA, Teaching Faculty
Antonia Castro Graham has twenty years of experience working for local government and leading sustainability initiatives. Graham previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Orange County Power Authority, a four city Joint Powers Authority, implementing a Community Choice Energy program to nearly 300,000 customers, an endeavor that she helped lead going back to 2015. Prior to her role at the Orange County Power Authority, Graham held increasingly responsible roles in local government including serving as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Fullerton and the Assistant to the City Manager/Energy and Sustainability Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, overseeing a variety of administrative programs including leading the Citizen Academy, Intergovernmental Relations, and all environmental and sustainability related programs. Graham also implemented regional efforts collaborating with Orange County cities to create the Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone, which is an economic development program aimed at creating an innovative circular economy.
Graham holds a BA in Political Science and American Studies, an MPA with a concentration in Public Finance, and a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Graham also teaches courses focused on sustainability at California State University Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. Graham recently had a case study published in the book, Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing & Resolving Wicked Problems and was selected as the Arizona State University School of Sustainability Alumni of the Year in 2018. Graham was selected as the California State University MPA Alumni of the Year in 2022.
Eddie Gordon, PhD, Teaching Faculty
Eddie Gordon completed PhD at Capella University. Dr. Gordon’s dissertation was centered around the recidivism rate of female prisoners in Georgia. Dr. Gordon graduated with a BS and an MPA from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. While attending graduate school, Dr. Gordon participated in a cross-agency protocol designed to promote tougher sentencing for individuals that abuse and neglect children, which led him to his current position.
Previously, Dr. Gordon served as a Project Administrator for the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) and a Deputy Sheriff. DHR is responsible for public health, child-welfare, and mental health. Dr. Gordon also serves as a certified fraud examiner (CFE) and continues to practice in the field of fraud prevention. Dr. Gordon has had the honor of teaching online for more than seven years and enjoys teaching criminal justice, public administration, and sociology courses.
Jenna Martin, JD, Teaching Faculty
Jenna Martin has been with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy since 2015. Martin is associate director of local and regional fiscal health, where she leads and supports activities that aim to improve the fiscal health of governments. Much of her work involves research and curriculum development. Martin earned a BS in economics and MS in urban and regional policy, both from Northeastern University. Martin is a Juris Doctor graduate of New England Law, Boston. While in law school, Martin completed internships at the Massachusetts Land Court and Baker Newman Noyes. Martin is licensed to practice law in the State of Massachusetts.
George “Mac” McCarthy, PhD, Teaching Faculty
George “Mac” McCarthy has a PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in Economics from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Montana. Dr. McCarthy is currently the President and CEO of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which seeks to improve the quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land; it researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Dr. McCarthy has served for decades in philanthropy at several foundations with national and international reach, working to address inequities in transportation, housing, land use, and poverty reduction. Dr. McCarthy, along with other staff and faculty, is partnering with CLU to develop the MPA program; their expertise, facilitation of experiential learning opportunities, and other resources will add contemporary, real world, and concrete benefits to our students’ learning.
Enrique R. Silva, PhD, Teaching Faculty
Enrique R. Silva is Vice President of Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where he leads the development of the Institute’s overall strategic program by overseeing and coordinating workplans and strategies from across the Institute’s Pathway to Impact goal areas and global areas of work. As Vice President, Dr. Silva leads the Institute’s annual planning and budgeting process in coordination with the President and CEO and the Vice-President of Operations. Dr. Silva is also responsible for the identification and oversight of existing and new initiatives that leverage the Lincoln Institute’s resources and expand its presence globally.
In addition, Dr. Silva also leads a portfolio of projects and initiatives in Africa, co-directs the Institute’s Masters in Land Policy and Sustainable Development with Spain’s National University of Distance Education, and assists in the development and management of projects on land policy and urbanization in Latin America. Dr. Silva collaborates on the development and management of initiatives that focus on a range of themes from land-based fiscal instruments to the fiscal and land policy dimensions of large-scale urban projects to planning regimes and climate change adaptation. Dr. Silva also teaches courses on land policy, as well as urban governance and the politics of planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his arrival at the Lincoln Institute, Dr. Silva was an assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs and the program coordinator for the graduate programs in city planning and urban affairs at Boston University. Dr. Silva holds a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an MS in planning from the University of Toronto, and a BA in political science from Columbia University.
Karen Versuk, PhD, Teaching Faculty
Karen Versuk is a Professor of Public Policy and Administration with concentrations in nonprofits, planning, public policy, and local government. Dr. Versuk has extensive experience in grant writing and administration, public finance, emergency management, stormwater management, policy writing, and nonprofit administration. Dr. Versuk has a BA in Political Science, an MBA, and a PhD. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and serves on a variety of committees including the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials Finance Committee and numerous task forces in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In addition to her professorial duties, Dr. Versuk is a municipal manager, public information officer, and a road master in southeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Dr. Versuk established and ran several nonprofits in Pennsylvania and Delaware and was a journalist.