Urban and Regional Planning
The Graduate Certificate in Urban & Regional Planning provides students with the option of deepening knowledge of urban, regional, and community planning principles and processes that will complement existing skills and knowledge.
Required and elective courses are based on core concepts of sustainability and smart growth in order to provide a strong foundation for planning in a world of diminishing resources, environmental degradation, and climate change. Students who complete the certificate will have an understanding of the theory of planning, stakeholder engagement, land use and physical planning and its relationship to urban design, environmental/heritage conservation, transportation planning, sustainable development, planning law, and principles of equity and social justice. Potential areas of employment in which a student could use the skills gained through this certificate include architecture, landscape architecture and planning practices, in local governmental agencies, non-profit advocacy organizations, private consulting firms, and policy institutes.
Required Courses (4 courses / 13 credits)
PLAN 501 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (3 credits)
ARCH 524 Evolution of Urban Form* (3 credits)
ARCH 572 Urban Design Theory* (3 credits)
PLAN 521 GIS for Planning, Design and Conservation (3 credits)
PLAN 582L Interdisciplinary Planning Workshop (4 credits)
Urban and Regional Planning Elective Options (1 course/3 credits)
ARCH 529 History of Landscape Architecture
ARCH 530 Special Topics (with prior approval)
ARCH 536 Special Topics in Sustainable Design (with prior approval)
ARCH 537 Special Topics in Urban Design
ARCH 561 Landscape Architecture: Theory and Practice
ARCH 593 Sustainable Paradigms
ARCH 594 Urban Ecology
HP 501 Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
HP 525 Preservation Economics
HP 526 Preservation Law and Regulation
HP 530 Special Topics (with prior approval)
*Both ARCH 524 and ARCH 572 may be taken with one counting as the required elective
Relevant courses in Community Development and Law may be taken with approval of the Program Director.
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To be considered for admission to the Urban & Regional Planning Graduate Certificate program, applicants must hold an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:
- Completed online application form accompanied by the $50 application fee
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Letter of Intent (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in the program, relevant past experiences, and career goals
Where appropriate, documents should be submitted online through the applicant portal or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any official documents that must be mailed (i.e. transcripts) should be sent directly to:
Office of Graduate Admission
1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809
Have questions about the application process? Visit the How to Apply page from the Office of Graduate Admission.