Certificate Programs

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University offers six advanced (graduate) 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 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 advisor 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 9 and 16 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.
  • Upon completion of all certificate courses, students must complete the Advanced Certificate Audit form and submit the form to the department graduate advisor.