Online Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
- 15-semester credit hour interdisciplinary program based in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
- Available in an easily accessible, 100% online format
- Perfect for working students, military soldiers, full-time employees seeking a career change or enhancement, and others who are place-bound
- Curriculum uniquely centered on aspects of public administration and economic development, with attention to current public policy issues such as border security, housing, health, emergency management and public safety
The online graduate certificate in urban and regional planning equips students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to serve all areas of the career of urban planner. It has a focus on public administration and economic development aspects associated with successful urban planning practices in developed countries.
Why an online graduate certificate in Urban and Regional Planning?
Urban and regional planning is an interdisciplinary field of study that is essential to the planning and development of settlements and communities. Urban planners engage in a whole range of activities involved with developing policies as well as physical and economic infrastructure of urban areas so they will best support the needs of diverse and growing populations. In doing this, planners must manage resources of all kinds effectively and also be able to plan for both current and future needs of the population.
Graduates of the online graduate certificate in urban and regional planning will
- Acquire core knowledge in economics, demography, law, and administration, and the technology (such as GIS) necessary for planning activities and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world issues
- Be qualified to work in any government, nonprofit or professional organization that requires the services of a planner
- Be prepared to seek additional certifications such as those from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The job outlook for graduates is positive; in addition to proceeding to graduate school for an MPA, many graduates find employment in local and state government and nonprofit organizations, locally, regionally and even internationally.
The UTEP Career Center also provides graduates with resources to help them pursue their career goals.
Our faculty are accomplished teachers and mentors who bring a personal touch to online learning. Many of them are frequently published in peer-reviewed journals and students often use free digital texts produced by the faculty and co-authors in their courses. This allows students to have a closer understanding of their professors. Coursework also includes a capstone project paper in which each student is mentored by faculty to analyze and make recommendations to an organization local to the student, regardless of location. Faculty have mentored students in El Paso and other US urban areas but also in cities in Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Turkey, the European Union, Africa and Asia.
The University of Texas at El Paso has a 100-year history as a preferred educator for students in the U.S.-Mexico border communities. At UTEP, we believe that an accessible and affordable education should be available to all. Online degrees such as these help make higher education a possibility for those who are unable to come to campus because of other responsibilities. Here’s what sets UTEP apart:
- UTEP is one of the major economic engines in the Paso del Norte region, adding $1.4 billion to the local economy annually.
- UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students – about 80% of them Hispanic – and is the only doctoral research university in the nation with a majority Mexican-American student body. With its 36%-Hispanic faculty composition, UTEP also boasts one of the highest proportions of minority faculty among research universities in the United States.
- UTEP has attained a coveted R1 designation (top tier doctoral university with very high research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) top tier universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this prestigious R1 distinction, joining the ranks of such universities as Stanford, M.I.T., Michigan, Arizona and California-Berkeley.
- With $90 million in total annual research expenditures, UTEP ranks third among University of Texas System academic institutions in federal research spending. Funding is received from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies.
- UTEP is ranked as the best return on investment and one of the most affordable emerging research institutions in higher education in the country according to collegecost.ed.gov. Also, per collegescorecard.ed.gov, the average net price per year at The University of Texas at El Paso was significantly lower than other universities across Texas.
- Affordableschools.net also ranks UTEP as one of the top most affordable Latinx/Hispanic-Serving Institutions with online bachelor’s degrees.
- UTEP awards $88 million in scholarships annually and $192 million in financial aid (over 88% of UTEP students receive financial aid).
- The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility.
- The Carnegie Corporation of New York also recently recognized the University for its institutional vision and commitment to quality, diversity, curricular innovation and investment in our community.
- UTEP is a part of the Military Times’ Best: Colleges 2018 rankings.
- Hispanic Business magazine consistently ranks graduate programs in both Business Administration and Engineering in the Top 10 in the nation.
- UTEP is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Online Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning Curriculum
Students must complete four elective courses plus one required capstone course for a total of five courses (15 semester credit hours) with a grade of C or better to receive the certificate.
|Regional and Urban Planning||Study planning topics associated with satisfying area-wide service needs in urban and regional environments. Topics may include land-use regulations, capital facilities siting, and transportation planning.|
|Public Policy Process and Institutions||Explore the history of public administration and the basic issues confronted, both legal and political, the role of bureaucratic expertise in contemporary government and in solving public problems, and public participation in administration.|
|Urban Administration||Examine public administration at the level of service delivery with emphasis upon the management of and policy problems facing local agencies.|
|Intergovernmental Relations||Examine the interrelationships among international, national, state, and/or local governmental institutions in the policy-making, executive, and/or administrative processes. Also discuss the special issue of states and communities situated on international borders.|
|Selected Problems in Public Administration||Undertake independent study, research, and writing on a topic agreed upon with the professor. May be repeated for credit up to three times when the topic varies|
URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING CERTIFICATE REQUIRED COURSE
|Comprehensive Integration of Public Administration (Capstone)||Demonstrate competency in the area of interest in a professional format. Design and complete a research project that demonstrates the ability to synthesize and apply relevant knowledge and skills to a public service problem. The capstone course may be aligned with degree requirements.|