Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a graduate certificate program in Urban and Regional Planning that consists of six courses. Urban and Regional Planning is a creative way to influence the future of regions, cities and neighborhoods. Professional planners use a variety of tools and techniques to design communities that are equitable and sustainable. This certificate program provides graduate-level instruction in the major areas of planning. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, the MS in Geography, or the MPA-Urban and Regional Planning degree programs, the courses taken towards the certificate can be counted towards the degree. For students enrolled in the MPA program, the certificate will be awarded along with the MPA degree.


A student who wishes to enroll in the certificate program needs to hold a bachelor's degree (in any subject area) from an accredited institution, and needs to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater.


Required Course (1 course, 3 semester hours)

PLN525 Planning History, Theory, and Ethics

Elective Courses (5 courses, 15 semester hours):

Five courses selected from the graduate course offerings chosen in consultation with the graduate coordinator based on areas of interest to the student.

Advising Sheet

Course Catalog

Advising sheets are available online.

Advising sheets are subject to change; students should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

To Apply

A student who wishes to apply to the Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program should download the Graduate Studies Application , and follow the instructions for the self-managed application process.

For the Graduate Studies application, the plan number for the Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is C250.

For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Planning Programs: 

Dr. Jongwoong Kim


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