Department of Geography and Planning

Graduate Certificate in Regional and Urban Planning

The Graduate Certificate Program in Urban and Regional Planning is intended for those who seek to prepare themselves for professional careers in the field of urban and regional planning. Career opportunities include working for government agencies at the local, state or federal levels, consulting firms, or non-profit organizations. Professional planners focus on addressing key land use and development issues within communities including: urban growth and sprawl, land use zoning and permitting, long-term comprehensive plans, economic development, environmental planning, housing, community development, transportation, historical preservation, and downtown revitalization.

For more information on careers, refer to the American Planning Association at:


The skills and knowledge gained by students who complete this graduate certificate can well prepare them to enter the workforce as trained planners with the necessary background to contribute to urban and regional land use planning agencies and organizations. The graduate certificate can also be used by those currently employed to add to their credentials in order to expand or advance their careers. In addition, students enrolled in other graduate programs at the University Toledo – including MA Geography and Masters in Public Administration - can use their elective hours to earn this certificate.


Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

The certification can be completed independently of a regular graduate degree program. Students seeking to complete the certificate within a regular graduate degree program such as the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Arts (MA), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) must first meet all the standards for admission to each program and apply to each program.


The graduate certificate consists of 12 graduate credit hours:

These Courses are Required:

  • GEPL 5530 Principles of Urban Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5700 Community Planning (3 hours) Electives: (select 6 hours)
  • GEPL 5110 Geographic Information Systems (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5180 Geographic Information Systems Applications (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5210 Land Use Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5570 Land Development and Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 5710 Urban Environments
  • GEPL 5750 Transportation Geography
  • GEPL 6530 Seminar in Urban and Regional Planning Applications ( 3 hours)
  • GEPL 6550 Seminar in Environmental Planning (3 hours)
  • GEPL 6570 Seminar in Neighborhood Revitalization (3 hours)
  • GEPL 6930 Built Environment, Transport and Heath (3 hours)
  • PSC 6430 Public Policy Process
  • PSC 5320 Urban Policy and Administration (3 hours, required)


Applications are available online at 


  1. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities you have attended (both graduate and undergraduate);
  2. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;
  3. GRE and TOEFL scores: GRE scores are not required. However, in addition to the requirements for regular admission, all applicants from non-English speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration requires a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or a IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall;
  4. Three letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals.
  5. A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Sujata Shetty
Department of Geography and Planning

Last Updated: 8/18/20