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Admissions & Cost

The application cycle for the 2024-2025 cohort will close on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

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    Who Should Apply?

    • Individuals committed to the work of building and adapting cities for a changing climate 
    • Public, private, and nonprofit professionals with a bachelor's degree — especially those from the Global South — eager to learn both from the world’s foremost experts in their fields and alongside a global network of online learners 
    • Environmental leaders eager to grow in knowledge and skillset to make the greatest impact in their communities 
    • Champions of equitable land use planning, clean energy deployment, low-carbon mobility, thriving greenspaces, and much more 

    Information Sessions

    08 Mar

    Program Information + Q&A Session

    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    • Online, Eastern Standard Time
    28 Mar

    Program Information + Q&A Session

    • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Online, Eastern Daylight Time
    19 Apr

    Program Information + Q&A Session

    • 8:00 am - 9:00 am
    • Online, Eastern Daylight Time
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    Tuition & Payments

    • The tuition for the 2024/2025 academic year is $7,500. 
    • Some employers offer educational benefits, tuition assistance, and/or professional development funding. Here is a sample email to your employer to help get this discussion started.  
    • Scholarship funding is also available 
    • There is no application fee

    Payments Schedule and Refund Policy 

    Should you be admitted to the program, reserving your place requires the submission of your Intent to Enroll form, as well as a non-refundable deposit of $300 USD. 

    June 14, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT 
    Due date for enrollment and non-refundable deposit of $300 USD. This deposit will be deducted from the first semester’s tuition payment. 

    August 12, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT 
    Due date for first installment of tuition payment due two weeks prior to first semester -  ($3,450, minus one half of awarded scholarship funding) 

    August 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT  
    Last day to withdraw from the program and receive a full refund minus the deposit ($3,450) 

    January 20, 2025, 11:59 p.m. EDT 
    Due date for second installment of tuition payment due two weeks prior to second semester ($3,750, minus one half of awarded scholarship funding) 


    Scholarship funds are available and competitively awarded. Scholarships are applied for during the program application process. 

    You will be notified of any scholarship award at the time of your admissions decision. Any scholarships awarded will be applied equally to both semester’s tuition.  Please note because this is a non-degree bearing program, traditional financial aid is not available. However, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship and inquire with your employer whether training and professional development funds may be applied to finance this program. 

    Application Process 

    All of the information you need to prepare your application is on this page. You can find resources and an overview of our application process below. 

    The application system opens in February and closes in late-April. Complete applications received prior to the application deadline are guaranteed to be considered by the Admissions Review Committee. The Committee seeks to balance the cohort across sectors and regions of the world. Decisions regarding admission and scholarships will be sent in late-May or early-June. 

    Candidates will be placed on a waitlist once when the program has been filled. Candidates placed on the waitlist will be notified if a spot is available prior to the start of the program in August.

    Before you apply, please review the curriculum, program dates and application requirements to ensure you are able to complete the program and attend the required events. 

    Application Readiness Checklist 

    Application Deadline

    Tuesday, April 30, 2024 

    This Application Readiness Checklist is meant to help you prepare your application and make the process as easy as possible. For guaranteed consideration of your application, the required materials below must be submitted electronically to the Certificate application system no later than the application deadline. 

    Required Materials

    Note: English translations are required for all documents not published in English. Translations do not need to be notarized. 

    Completed online application form

    Scanned or electronic transcript (official or unofficial) that demonstrates the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree in any subject from (a) an accredited U.S. college or university or (b) an international equivalent.  
    Uploaded transcripts must be scanned at a high enough quality that they are fully legible and must officially list: 

    • Your name; 
    • The name of your college/university; 
    • Your GPA or grade information; 
    • Your degree; and   
    • The date your degree was awarded. 
    • If the transcript does not include the date of graduation and the type of degree awarded, a scanned copy of your diploma should be included in the PDF. 
    • Documents should be submitted in a single PDF with the following naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_Transcript”  

    Resume or CV 

    • Recommended length of two pages and maximum three pages 
    • Please include dates of service, employers, titles, nature of duties, and any significant volunteer experience. 
    • Please note for each job/internship/volunteer position whether it was full or part time, and list original research work, reports, or publications. 
    • Documents should be submitted in a single PDF with the following naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_Resume” 

    Letter of recommendation from a professional or academic supervisor 

    • The letter must be submitted prior to the deadline noted above for your application to be considered complete. Note that your recommender will NOT receive an email or reminder from Yale and it is up to you to ensure they submit the letter following the instructions below. 
    • Your professional or academic supervisor must send the letter of recommendation directly to from a professional email address.  
    • Please instruct them to use the following naming convention for the file attachment “ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Letter”  

    Personal statement - 500 words max:  

    • Write a personal statement discussing your interests, life experiences, and goals as well as your motivations for applying to this program. 

    Short answers - 300 words max for each - to both of the following essay questions: 

    • Drawing on your professional and/or academic experience, please describe one challenge urban areas face in their efforts to address climate change. 
    • How do you intend to manage your time effectively given your current commitments to work and your personal life? While valuable for your career, this certificate can be demanding and we want to ensure that you have a plan to manage your time effectively. 

    A pdf copy of your TOEFL or IELTS test score report 

    • This is required (i) if your native language is not English, and (ii) if your undergraduate or graduate degree was not granted at an institution where English is the official language of instruction, and (iii) if you have not worked in an organization where English is the primary language used for communication. 
    • The score report may be uploaded directly into the online application system.  
    • Documents should be submitted in a single PDF with the following naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_ScoreReport” 

    If applying for a scholarship, short statement - 300 words max - on the topic below: 

    • Please explain why you are seeking a scholarship. Your statement should provide details on how this program will help you reach your goals and create on-the-ground impact toward implementing urban climate mitigation and adaptation solutions (such as how you intend to use the skills and knowledge learned in this program, including with traditionally hard-to reach populations and communities), as well as any personal circumstances, hardships, or barriers to attendance that you wish the reviewers to know about. Please be specific. No additional material is required. Please do NOT send us any financial information as part of your application; it will not be reviewed. 
    • No additional material is required. Please do NOT send us any financial information as part of your application; it will not be reviewed. 

    There is no application fee 

    Optional Materials  

    Additional scanned or electronic transcripts (official or unofficial) from any other accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent you attended. 

    • Documents should be submitted in a single PDF with the following naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_OptionalTranscript”. 

    Yale University’s Nondiscrimination Statement 

    Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. 

    In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. 

    Jen Shin

    With the increasing urgency, cities must lead in building healthy, equitable, and sustainable urban futures. Investing in urban climate education will accelerate the crucial leadership needed to protect urban populations and provide critical urban services to the most vulnerable. As the scale and scope of urban demands exceeds our planetary boundaries, we need empowered urban leaders to scale and leverage cities as powerful climate solutions.”

    Jen Shin Global Lead for the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities, World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities