Urban and Regional Planning

Graduate Certificate

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


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.

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

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

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

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?

For information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Jesica Lovelace.

Application Deadlines

Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Certificate



Domestic Applicants

Jul 1

Dec 1

International Applicants



Interested in learning more about the Certificate in Urban Regional Planning?

Register for our upcoming information session.


Program Director
Luis Santiago, Ph.D.

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