Urban and Regional Planning Department


The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University offers six certificate programs which lead to specialization in Affordable Housing and Community Development Finance, Applications of Technology in Planning, Community Design and Development, Environmental Planning, Real Estate Development, and Transportation and Land Use Planning.

The certificate programs are open to graduate degree students enrolled in any program at San José State University (SJSU). Members of the public who hold an undergraduate degree may also complete any of the graduate certificate programs through SJSU's Open University. To earn a certificate, students must complete a total of nine to sixteen units of course work, depending on the certificate. If course work is taken through Open University, the maximum number of units allowed by SJSU policy may be applied towards the MUP degree.

In addition, the student must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 over all semester credits of course work applied towards the certificate.
  • Earn a minimum grade of "B Minus" in every course applied towards the certificate.
  • Complete all the course work within seven years.

For detailed information on these programs, see the department's website at or contact the department's Graduate Student Advisor.