The flexibility of this online undergraduate certificate allows adult learners with an interest in urban and regional planning to fit a quality education into their busy lives. The program provides students with an overview of the latest planning processes and technologies.
Students learn to assess the overall impact that development projects have on the surrounding environment and the quality of life for community inhabitants. Students are challenged to research and think critically to develop balanced solutions to complex planning issues. This foundational certificate program assesses resource needs such as energy, water resources, sustainability, and green space in the context of population usage, best practices, and regulatory compliance. Students are taught innovated planning strategies and management skills to address multiple stakeholder concerns and to shepherd projects to completion.
Classes are taught by practitioner instructors. Many have extensive leadership experience in urban planning and sustainable development. The curriculum is continuously assessed with guidance from industry advisory councils to ensure that students are receiving relevant information applied in the field today.
The following program details are intended to help you make an informed decision about the university that's right for you.
|2011-2012 Program Completion Rate|
|Normal time to completion for full-time student||1 year|
|Graduates who completed in this time1||Not available|
|Tuition & Fees as of January 1, 2013||Median Loan Debt of 2011-2012 Graduates|
(before any awarded transfer credit)
|Technology fee2||$50||Private educational loans||$0|
|Transfer Credit Evaluation fee3 |
|$50||Institution financing plan||$0|
|Books and supplies4||$0|
|On-campus room and board||Not applicable|
1 Data may be “not available” if the program has no graduates during reporting period or if it has not been in existence the normal time for completion. If 0%, then graduates in the reporting period took longer than the average time, usually because they were part-time students. 91% of our students are working adults and do not take a full-time course load.
2 A $50 Technology Fee will be charged for all future undergraduate and graduate level course registrations, including audited courses. The fee is not applicable for Comprehensive Exam courses. An APUS grant will cover the fee for Active Duty Military, Reservists, National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOCA), VA and VA Chapter 33 students, and anyone using military tuition assistance (TA).
3 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
4 The undergraduate book grant provides textbooks, e-books, and other course materials at no cost to students for courses being taken for academic credit. Students must obtain their own software when required for a course or program.
5 This figure does not include PLUS loans or TEACH grants converted to Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loans.
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American Public University System (APUS) makes no representation or guarantee that successful completion of an APUS program or coursework will result in employment within a particular field. Many employers take into account various criteria, in addition to education, when determining eligibility for employment. To assist our students in their career search, the APUS Office of Career Services provides students and alumni a variety of tools, resources, information, and guidance to assist them as they pursue their life goals.