Through the completion of this certificate, students will gain an essential introduction to the field and practice of urban planning, which is about engaging communities for better futures and creating places where people can lead meaningful lives. Courses will provide a framework of the social, economic, and political environments within which planning policy is formed and carried out. The certificate is geared toward meeting the need for planning policy on urban issues at any level of government — federal, state, regional, and local — or outside the governmental arena. While all students are welcome to apply, this graduate certificate's course work is only offered at the Lawrence Campus.
The certificate requires 4 courses for a total of 12 graduate credit hours. Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MPA Faculty Director in consultation with the Urban Planning Director. Student pursuing more than one SPAA certificate may use a maximum of one course to count towards both certificates.
The 2 elective courses must be selected from the following: