Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and career development in the field of community planning. The focus is broader than that of the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, providing students with enhanced knowledge, skills and career development in urban planning.

Program Highlights
• 18 credit hours
• Evening classes

Program Director
Christopher Hawkins
Associate Professor

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning requires 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including two elective courses and the following four required courses. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

PAD 5336: Introduction to Urban Planning

This course covers issues of urbanization, regional development, land use and comprehensive planning, environmental planning, and social planning.
Offered in fall

PAD 5337: Urban Design

This course covers planning techniques such as planned unit developments, capital improvements planning, and growth management, and planning methods, including needs assessment and graphic design.
Offered in fall

PAD 5338: Land Use and Planning Law

This course covers national and local aspects of the legal underpinnings of urban planning such as zoning, growth management, and environmental regulation.
Offered in spring

PAD 6716: Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners

This course covers the use of systems concept, software and computers in contemporary public sector management and planning information systems.
Offered in fall and spring

Admissions and Advising
Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 2.5 or better
  • A current resume
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of urban planning interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

The deadline to apply for fall admission is June 15 while the deadline to apply for spring admission is Dec. 1. For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.