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

Required Courses

(6 credit hours)

  • UBPL 730 City and County Planning
  • UBPL 785 History and Theory of Planning

Required Elective Courses

(6 credit hours)

  • The 2 elective courses (6 credit hours) must be selected from the following:   
    • UBPL 705 Urban Economic Theory & Analysis
    • UBPL 710 Housing Policy & Planning
    • UBPL 720 Sustainable Land Use Policy & Planning
    • UBPL 736 Planning Law & Institutions
    • UBPL 750 Transportation Policy & Planning


See Graduate Certificates for admissions and application requirements.

Certificate Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: January 1

  • Summer Admission: May 1

  • Fall Admission: August 1

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MUP Program and Application Questions
Bonnie Johnson, Urban Planning Program

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