The graduate certificate in planning provides existing students and working professionals with the option of deepening knowledge of urban, regional, and community planning principles and processes that will complement existing skills and knowledge. Required and elective courses are based on core concepts of sustainability and smart growth in order to provide a strong foundation for planning in a world of diminishing resources, environmental degradation, and climate change. Students who complete the certificate will have an understanding of the theory of planning, stakeholder engagement, land use and physical planning and its relationship to urban design, environmental/heritage conservation, transportation planning, sustainable development, planning law, and principles of equity and social justice. Potential areas of employment in which a student could use the skills gained through this certificate include architecture, landscape architecture and planning practices, in local governmental agencies, non-profit advocacy organizations, private consulting firms, and policy institutes.
Admission External Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to be eligible for Graduate Certificate Admission. Other admission requirements for external applicants are:
- Application Form
- Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work
- All University required fees
Internal applicants who are enrolled in other RWU Graduate Degree Programs may sign up for the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning through a Curriculum Declaration Form, and complete a Graduate Degree and a Graduate Certificate program concurrently.