Division of Continuing and Global Education
Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning
This program has been suspended until further notice.
This Certificate is a post-undergraduate professional program providing key theoretical, professional, technical, and ethical foundation classes in the planning field. The Certificate has a total of 15 units, and is offered fully online. It is designed for professionals in architecture, engineering, and planning fields, as well as elected and appointed public officials and non-profit community service providers.
About the Certificate
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning consists of five courses for a total of 15 units of graduate-level academic credit. Successful completion of all five courses is required to earn this Certificate.
GEOG 201. Foundations in Urban Planning
Introduction to and critical analysis of theory and practice of urban planning; traditional and alternative roles of planning in contemporary society; perspectives on community problems; evaluations of concepts, literature and history. (3 units)
GEOG 202. Land Use Regulation, Law & Ethics
This course will examine the development and application of the jurisdictions "Police Powers" to implement land development plans and policies. Historical and contemporary case studies will be examined. Topics include general plan, zoning, subdivisions, nuisance control, and growth management strategies. (3 units)
GEOG 203. Community Planning
Introduction to basic issues of urban planning, community development, and economic development; the role of public policy in the above fields; market approaches to tackling issues in the fields; review and critique of urban renewal/housing program. (3 units)
GEOG 204. Environmental Planning
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts and mechanisms underlying environmental planning at the local, state, and federal level. The complex and embedded interactions of the build and natural environments will be examined. (3 units)
GEOG 205. Transportation Planning
Introduction to brief history and rend of U.S. transportation planning; basic concepts and the issues in transportation; analytical skills in travel behavioral demand modeling; transportation economics, finance, and policies; sustainable transportation. (3 units)
About this Field
Community and Regional Planning is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations (American Planning Association). Planning is a technical and political process that is concerned with land use control, transportation planning, urban and landscape design, community and economic development, and protection and enhancement of the natural environment.
Planning is a relatively small but growing field. U.S. News and World Report rated Urban and Regional Planner as one of the “Best Careers” in 2009 (U.S. News, 2009). Urban Planners work in rural areas, suburban areas, and large cities. They function in the public sector within federal, state, and local governments. They also work in nonprofits and within the private sector in real estate companies and planning or multi-disciplinary consulting firms. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2 in 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2012. Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022.
$350 Per Unit
$1,050 Per Class
Total Cost: $5,250
Payment is due upon enrollment in each class. The program coordiantor will provide class registration information to admitted students.
Financial aid is not available for this program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many prospective students are eligible. This Certificate may be useful for prospective students interested in real estate, public administration, civil engineering, public health, or architecture. Public officials (elected and appointed), nonprofit community services providers, and business professionals in some fields may also find this Certificate useful.
Enrollment in this Certificate program requires admission at Fresno State. Interested candidates must have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
NOTE: If you are an active Fresno State student (undergraduate or graduate), you will not be permitted to begin this Certificate until you complete your current program.
The five required courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You may finish this Certificate in one academic year (August - May)
This Certificate is cohort-based. Students are expected to progress and graduate within their cohort. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with university policy and accreditation standards.
Enrollment in this Certificate program requires graduate admission at Fresno State. Interested candidates must have an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
NOTE: If you are an active Fresno State student (undergraduate or graduate), you will not be permitted to begin this Certificate until you complete your current program. If you are an active graduate student at another institution, you may enroll in this program.
You must complete both the University Graduate and Department Applications. Your application will not be complete until both applications are finished.
Part I: University Application
Part II: Department Application
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