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.
- UTEP is ranked #1 in “Social Mobility” according to Washington Monthly.
- The U.S. Department of Education ranks UTEP as a great value with the lowest net tuition of all research universities in the country.
- Issues in Higher Education ranks UTEP #2 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the total number of degrees awarded to Hispanics.
- UTEP is recognized as a 2016 Military Friendly® School.
- UTEP received the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) Champion of Access and Success Award for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled and other underserved student populations.
- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board ranks UTEP #3 in Texas among the 7 peer “Emerging Research Universities.”
- Washington Monthly also ranks UTEP #8 overall among “National Research Universities”—in excellent company between #6 Stanford and #10 Harvard.
- UTEP teaching has been recognized as a “Model Institution for Excellence” (one of only six in the country) by the National Science Foundation.
- UTEP is one of 11 universities nationwide to receive a $5 million “Teachers for a New Era” research grant from Carnegie Corporation.
- 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.|