Urban Planning Certificate

Through the completion of this certificate, students will gain an essential introduction to the field and practice of urban planning, which is about engaging communities for better futures and creating places where people can lead meaningful lives.

Courses will provide a framework of the social, economic, and political environments within which planning policy is formed and carried out.

The certificate is geared toward meeting the need for planning policy on urban issues at any level of government — federal, state, regional, and local — or outside the governmental arena.


  • The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours. 
  • Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Faculty Director in consultation with the Urban Planning Director. 
  • Students pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count towards both certificates.  
  • While all students are welcome to apply, this graduate certificate's course work is only offered at the Lawrence Campus

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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Other Graduate Certificates

Required Courses

(6 credit hours)


Elective Course Options

2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following or another department-approved graduate course:   



See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

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Derek Bixler, Graduate Program Coordinator

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Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Programming Manager

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