University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

The UTEP Graduate School offers a Graduate Certificate Program in Planning which is a 15- semester-hour interdisciplinary program based in the Master of Public Administration Program. The certificate program is aimed at professionals with bachelor’s or master’s degrees who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of planning and at students in the MPA, or other master’s or doctoral programs (in fields such as Economics, Political Science, Environmental Science, and Engineering) who wish to incorporate a certificate in planning into their graduate degree program. The certificate is designed for those employed as planners and students interested in a career in planning to provide them core knowledge in economics, demography, law, and administration, and the technology (such as GIS) necessary for planning activities.

The program is offered online through UTEP Connect. 

Degree Requirements

Five courses (15 semester credit hours) are required of all students.  Students will take a capstone course (PAD 5367, Comprehensive Integration of Public Administration) that calls for demonstration of competency in the area of interest, in a professional format.  Each student will design and complete a research project that demonstrates the ability to synthesize and apply relevant knowledge and skills to a public service problem.  The capstone course may be aligned with degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must apply through the Graduate School.  Applicants must complete the graduate school application and provide an official transcript.  Admission into the program will be based on the applicant’s undergraduate record.  Students who enroll in the certificate program and decide at a later date to pursue a graduate degree may apply to the appropriate graduate program and request that the units be incorporated in the degree program at admission.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 15

Certificate in Urban & Regional Planning (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
PAD 5367Comprehen Integration/Pub Adm3
Select four courses from the following:12
Pub. Policy Process & Institut
Regional and Urban Planning
Urban Administration
Intergovernmental Relations
Selected Problems in Pub Adm
Total Hours15