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Graduate Certificate in Housing Studies


Quality, affordable, and well-connected housing is an essential component of strong and healthy communities. Housing markets are constantly evolving and there is an increasing collaboration among public, private and nonprofit actors in addressing various housing issues. The Graduate Certificate in Housing Studies (GCHS) offers graduate students an opportunity to learn the fundamental concepts and tools essential to understanding housing production and consumption at a regional, national and global level.

Who should apply?

UW graduate students interested in housing, especially those majoring in: architecture, planning, construction management, real estate, public policy, public health, sociology, geography, business, and law.

Students are required to apply and be admitted before taking more than two of the required courses to receive the certificate.


The purpose of the GCHS is to:

  • Engage students in exploring the functioning of housing markets and how housing influences economic and geographic mobility, health, and educational attainment
  • Provide cross-disciplinary perspectives on housing topics including finance, markets, policy, data, and analysis
  • Prepare students for careers in housing in the public, private, and non-profit domains

Learning Objectives

Certificate students will learn to:

  • Understand the private, public, and non-profit actors involved in the production of housing
  • Identify local, state, and federal housing policies that influence housing production and consumption
  • Explore the financial structures and instruments used to finance housing development and to provide individual access to mortgages
  • Present interdisciplinary evidence on how housing can affect life outcomes
  • Learn how to use housing data in program and policy analysis
  • Engage in proposing solutions to real-world housing challenges through community case studies


Graduate students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Washington (UW), and visiting exchange students.

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the certificate students are required to maintain a:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
  • Minimum grade per course 2.7

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted twice a year with the following deadlines:

  • Autumn – May 15th
  • Winter – December 15th

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