Certificate Programs

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University offers five certificate programs which lead to specialization in:

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 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.

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.

Applications of Technology in Planning

Requirements for the Certificate in Applications of Technology in Planning:

In this certificate program, students develop their knowledge and skills at using information technologies in the planning process. Classes and studies draw on the rich agglomeration of technical applications and skills available in the Silicon Valley region.

Core Courses: 8 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 225 Land Use Planning and Law 4
URBP 278 Introduction to GIS for Urban Planning 4

 

Electives (any one): 4 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 248 Advanced Computers in Urban Design 4
URBP 279 Advanced GIS for Urban Planning (prerequisite: URBP 278) 4

Community Design and Development

Requirements for the Certificate in Community Design and Development:

Students in the certificate program in Community Design and Development study how to ensure that development in our communities addresses the needs of all residents. This area examines the interactions among social, economic, political, and cultural factors, and the built environment. Students emphasizing community design also learn the knowledge and skills that planners use to enhance the design of the physical environment. Students who intend to focus on community design should select electives from those marked with an asterisk.

Core Courses: 4 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 225 Land Use Planning and Law 4
Electives (any two): 6 or 8 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 163* 20th Century Urban Design 3
URBP 203 Collaborative Neighborhood Planning 4
URBP 205 Private Development and Urban Planning 3
URBP 223 Housing Economics and Policy 4
URBP 231* Urban Design in Planning 4
URBP 232* Urban Design Studio 4
URBP 233 Social Issues in Planning 4
URBP 248* Advanced Computers in Urban Design 4
URBP 250 Urban Planning Public Finance 4


Environmental Planning

Requirements for the Certificate in Environmental  Planning:

Students in this program learn the principles aimed at working professionals and graduate students interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to successfully carry out planning and development activities with consideration of the environmental impacts and a goal to achieve more sustainable development.

Core Courses: 8 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 225 Land Use Planning and Law 4
URBP 240 Environmental Planning 4

 

Electives (any one): 4 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 185 Environmental Impact Analysis 4
URBP 260 Environmental Planning Topics 4


Real Estate Development

Requirements for the Certificate in Real Estate Development:

This certificate program is designed to help current and aspiring real estate developers and city planners prepare for successful real estate development careers. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to initiate, navigate, and manage real estate development projects located in existing communities of Northern California. Please visit our Certificate in Real Estate Development page for more information about the certificate program, including overview, course structure, and eligibility information. 

Courses: 12 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 205 Private Development and Urban Planning 3
URBP 206 Market Analysis, Appraisal, and Finance of Real Estate Development 3
URBP 207 Real Estate Development Business and Planning 3
URBP 208 Urban Real Estate Development Studio 3

 


 

Transportation and Land Use Planning

Requirements for the Certificate in Transportation and Land Use Planning:

Students in this program learn the principles of transportation and land-use planning at the local and regional levels. In today's rapidly growing regions, planners recognize that transportation and land use planning are intricately connected and must be planned together to allow residents and freight carriers to access destinations quickly and efficiently, improve accessibility options for residents who cannot or choose not to drive, and build economically and environmentally sustainable communities.

Core Courses: 8 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 225 Land Use Planning and Law 4
URBP 226 Regional Transportation Planning 4

 

Electives (any one): 4 units
Course Number Course Title Units
URBP 211 Regional Analysis & Planning 4
URBP 250 Urban Planning Public Finance 4
URBP 255 Urban Growth Management 4
URBP 256 Transportation Planning: Local Issues 4