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Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design Certificate




The imperative motivating the Graduate Certificate in Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design is to educate the next generation of practitioners and scholars to apply knowledge gained in the classroom and in the field to reduce the rise in disaster losses and assist communities to adapt to a changing climate. The aims of the certificate reflect the NC State vision of “Think and Do”, to include using evidence-based information, assessing existing policy constraints and opportunities, and visually depicting examples of policy achieved through good planning, engineering and design.

Certificate tracks include: 1) Policy, 2) Design and 3) Construction, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Subject areas

Technical knowledge to be obtained and applied by students in this graduate certificate program include:

  • visualization of varied policy options;
  • the critical assessment of existing and proposed natural hazards, disaster and climate change adaptation policies;
  • the development of scenario-based governance strategies, interdisciplinary problem solving spanning architecture, building sciences, engineering, landscape architecture and land use planning;
  • understanding hazard mitigation (risk reduction) and disaster recovery, to include its connectivity to climate change adaptation;
  • and applying policy, design and engineering concepts to these issues.

Admission Requirement

Applicants must have an overall (or major) GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale for admission into the Graduate Certificate Program in Disaster Resilient Policy, Engineering and Design. An application for acceptance into the Graduate Certificate Program is required for all new students. Students must complete the Graduate School application, found here​.

Those applicants who are currently enrolled in an NC State graduate degree program must be in good standing; they need only provide the graduate student Certificate Plan Data Entry form, found here. New applications will be reviewed by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Registration procedures, registration dates, and course availability for each semester can be found on the NCSU Registration and Records webpage here​.

Geographical coverage



2 years

Application procedure

To apply click here.


Gavin Smith, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Last updated

27 Aug 2020

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  • Type University programme
  • Level Certificate/Diploma
  • Location(s) United States of America

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