Graduate Certificate


Public Administration


The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is designed to enhance knowledge, skills and career advancement in the field of community planning and development.

  • 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.

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

For more information on the curriculum, please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Student Resources

URP Certificate Plan of Study

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 more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Edlira Dursun.

Application Deadlines



Domestic Applications

Jul 1

Dec 1

International Applications