The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University offers five certificate programs which lead to specialization in:
- Applications of Technology in Planning
- Community Design and Development
- Environmental Planning
- Real Estate Development
- Transportation and Land Use Planning
- Affordable Housing and Community Development Finance
Eligibility for the Certificate Programs and Application Process
The certificate program is open to matriculated students enrolled in any graduate program at San José State University (SJSU). In addition, the program is also open to students who hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have a GPA of at least 2.5 (where A=4). Non-matriculated students may complete the certificate program through SJSU's Open University.
Students who joined before 2016 have the option of completing their designated certificate program using the new 2016 requirements or the prior requirements found in the AY15-16 Catalog.
Students interested in pursuing one of the certificate programs should consult with the department's graduate adviser, Professor Hilary Nixon prior to beginning course work. Students planning to enroll in one or more certificate programs should complete the Student Information Form [PDF].
Overview of Program Requirements
To earn a certificate, students complete between 10 and 12 units of coursework.
In addition, the student must:
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 over all certificate coursework, with no less than the grade of B- in any course.
- Complete all the course work within seven years.