University of Oregon

College of Design

Certificates and Specializations

Ecological Design Certificate

The Ecological Design Certificate is a design-based, interdisciplinary program focused on the development of a practical framework for the integration of the built environment with local- and region-specific natural systems.  It is available to all graduate students within the College of Design (formerly the School of Architecture and Allied Arts). However, due to resource availability, most courses must be completed at the Eugene campus. Participating students are challenged to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between ecological processes, issues of cultural and social sustainability, and urban development and form, as well as how allied design and planning disciplines approach these relationships. Students will acquire a theoretical and pragmatic basis to carry these understandings into the world of practice.

The College of Design at the University of Oregon has a national reputation as a leader in sustainable and ecologically sensitive design. The Ecological Design Certificate Program provides an explicit curricular structure in this area, encouraging students to develop a holistic, ecologically-based design awareness, solidifying the commitment of the University to ecological design, and promoting and upholding its capacity for leadership in the field.

Administered by the Department of Architecture.



Graduate Specialization in Food Studies

This specialization is designed to enrich the qualifications of all UO Master’s and doctoral students, whether they have academic or community-based work aspirations. By combining the 18-credit interdisciplinary graduate food studies specialization with their primary degree, students can enhance their education and future marketability.

For complete requirement information, see the Food Studies Graduate Specialization page.

Administered by the Environmental Studies Program.


Museum Studies Certificate

This certificate addresses the growing demand for professionally trained museum personnel across the country. It will provide University of Oregon students who are interested in museum work with an invaluable credential as they approach the job market.

Any student officially enrolled in a University of Oregon graduate program may apply to pursue the Museum Studies Certificate which is a masters-level, multi-disciplinary course of study sponsored by the Arts and Administration Program, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Anthropology.

The program requires 28 credit hours, no more than 12 of which may count as both degree hours and certificate hours. All students will serve a 200-hour internship and all will make a public presentation at the end of the program.

Administered by the Arts and Administration Program.



New Media and Culture Certificate

The New Media and Culture Certificate is a transdisciplinary program open to graduate students working at the intersection of new media and culture in any master’s or PhD program at the University of Oregon. This innovative certificate blends scholarly research on new media topics with hands-on experience creating new media content and using digital research tools. Taking advantage of the creative opportunities possible within existing degree programs across campus, the certificate features an array of courses in the history, criticism, aesthetics, and production of new media technologies. The certificate program trains scholars, designers, and media practitioners in the skills and credentials appropriate for 21stcentury workplaces in academia and beyond.

The New Media and Culture Certificate serves as a hub for new media scholarship and activities across campus—coordinating courses, posting professional development activities, and connecting a community of scholars and practitioners engaged in like-minded work. The certificate program is a collaborative venture among the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Design, and the School of Journalism and Communication.

Administered by the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

Nonprofit Management Certificate

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management is to prepare students for leadership positions in nonprofit and philanthropic (grant making) organizations. The curriculum, centering on technical skills specific to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, is designed to develop the skills necessary to manage and lead financially stable, innovative and effective organizations. Nonprofit is an organizational form that includes such diverse activities as: Community development organizations, human service agencies, employment and training centers, arts and cultural associations, affordable housing, education, sports and recreation activities, environmental protection, health and hospitals, and other public services.

Opportunities for nonprofit managers with specialized skills have expanded sharply. Currently, approximately 8% of the U.S. total employment is in the nonprofit sector--more than the number employed in construction, transportation and communication, finance, insurance, real estate or agriculture.

Administerd by the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management.


Technical Teaching in Architecture

This program is open to graduate students in the Department of Architecture. The program is designed for students interested in the integration of technical building and engineering information with the design education process. Students who pursue this certificate typically focus their research on curriculum, tools, and strategies for teaching, and concentrate on structural design, construction materials and processes, or environmental control systems. A minimum of 24 credits is required. Twelve of the 24 credits may be used to fulfill master degree requirements.

Administered by the Department of Architecture.