Graduate Programs

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Training the Professionals and Citizens Who Make Our Cities Great

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning provides a range of graduate and undergraduate programs. These include a Master of Arts in Geography, a Masters of Urban Planning that is accredited, and a Masters in Public Administration. Additionally, the department offers two undergraduate programs: a bachelors of arts in Geography and a Bachelors of Science in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS). Furthermore, the department provides a range of advanced graduate certifications that prioritize certain areas of specialization, including Affordable Housing, Community Development, Environmental Planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Real Estate Development, Transportation, and Urban Design.


Geography, MA

Explore the stunning natural environment, intricately designed man made environment, and fascinating socio-demographic characteristics of those environment's. Join passionate geographers on an extraordinary journey of knowledge and exploration, Geographic Information Science (GIS) is the ultimate solution that combines location and cutting-edge computing. GIS lets you easily analyze massive amounts of data and make better decisions than ever. Choose GIS to make the right decisions and open up new possibilities! Introducing Silicon Valley's only Geography Masters program! Downtown San Jose offers many opportunities in urban and cultural geography, economic geography, and geospatial methods. Start a unique journey with us today!

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Urban Planning, MUP

Introducing SJSU's innovative urban planning program! We have led city development since 1970. We now proudly offer Silicon Valley's only accredited Master of Urban Planning degree. Come join us and lead urban development with vision. Your journey begins at SJSU. Urban planners—the masters of vision and practicality! They collaborate with stakeholders to solve growth and change's biggest problems with their unmatched expertise. Watch urban planners shape our cities' futures! Urban planners solve problems like affordable housing, climate change, economic development, environmental protection, public health, and transportation. They innovate using their expertise in formal and informal institutions. Work with urban planners today to create a sustainable future.


Public Administration, MPA

Earn a Masters in Political Administration to excel in leadership, management, and analysis in Silicon Valley public and non-profit agencies or beyond. Our program teaches you to embrace diversity, uphold ethics, manage personnel fairly, confidently navigate risks, and efficiently manage programs and policies. Join us today to maximize your potential! Unleash your student potential and transform your community! With critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and a passion for public service, you'll be ready to help communities in various sectors after graduation. In a bustling city, county, specialized district, state agency, or non-profit, your impact will be felt widely. Serve with us to improve the future and become the change-maker you were meant to be!

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Graduate Program Learniing Outcomes

This section provides the PLOs for our each of our Graduate Programs within the Department of Urban & Regional Planning.

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Advanced Certificate Program

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers advanced graduate certificate programs in Affordable Housing and Community Development Finance, Applications of Technology in Planning, Community Design and Development, Environmental Planning, Geographic Information Science (GIS), Real Estate Development, and Transportation and Land Use Planning. Certificates are available to SJSU graduate students and to members of the public through Open University.