Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Certificate

Shape the future of our cities.

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is your gateway to a dynamic future. Our program offers an introduction to urban planning that's both academic and professional. This program is suitable whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out and seeking an introduction to this dynamic field. Join us and acquire the knowledge, tools and skills needed to tackle the challenges posed by rapid urban growth and development. Enroll today and become a part of the solution to urban challenges. Your future in urban planning starts here.

Why earn your Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning at the College of Charleston?

Why Choose Our Program? 

  • Practical Insights: Learn about planning, legal, development and transportation issues directly relevant to the planning profession. 
  • Flexibility: Designed for master's level students and professionals, our program accommodates your work schedule and career goals. 
  • Expert Faculty: Benefit from the expertise of experienced urban planners who guide you through every step of your journey. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a diverse community of students and professionals passionate about urban development. 
  • Career Advancement: Elevate your career prospects with a certificate that demonstrates your commitment to urban planning. 

What Sets Us Apart? 

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our 13-credit program covers a wide spectrum of urban planning topics, ensuring you're well-prepared for the field. 
  • Inclusive Environment: We welcome students from diverse backgrounds, fostering a rich learning experience and diverse perspectives. 
  • Real-World Focus: Gain practical skills and knowledge that directly apply to addressing real urban challenges. 
  • Industry Connections: Benefit from our strong connections with leading organizations and agencies in the urban planning sector. 
  • Personalized Support: Receive individualized guidance and support to help you succeed in your studies and career aspirations. 

Careers & Opportunities

Students obtaining the certificate in urban and regional planning may seek employment in: 

  • government planning agencies.
  • private consulting firms.
  • real estate development. 

How to Apply

The entire application process is online. The documents outlined below are required components of the application. A file is not complete until all documents have been submitted and processed, so read carefully and prepare your application materials in advance of applying.
  • Dates & Deadlines


    • Priority: January 15 
    • Final: July 1 


    • Priority: January 15 
    • Final: April 1 


    • Priority: November 1 
    • Final: December 1 
  • Admission Criteria

    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 
    • Official transcripts 
    • Letter of intent 
    • Résumé 
    • Two letters of recommendation 
    • Optional writing sample