Are you interested in making cities, towns, and regions more sustainable, economically vibrant, equitable, and beautiful places to live? Then consider beginning a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree or a certificate in urban planning this fall at San Jose State University. The university is located in San Jose, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is still accepting applications for students who wish to begin the MUP or certificate programs in fall 2014 (application deadline: MAY 1).
In addition, we offer graduate certificate programs that students can begin any semester without a formal application process. MUP students can complete these as part of their degree program, too. Certificates are offered in 5 areas:
- Applications of Technology in Planning
- Community Design and Development
- Environmental Planning
- Real Estate Development
- Transportation and Land Use Planning
Benefits of studying at SJSU include the flexibility to complete the MUP degree or certificates either as a part-time or full-time student, affordable tuition, many opportunities to work directly with local communities as part of required and elective coursework, and research assistant positions with faculty. Alumni pursue careers with a wide variety of employers, from government agencies at all levels (local to national), to the nonprofit advocacy sector, to private consulting firms, to real estate development firms. As a testament to the success of the department’s students, our graduates won the national American Planning Association Student Planner Leadership award in both 2009 and 2010. We are one of the largest planning programs nationwide and the latest Planetizen Guide (2012) ranks SJSU in the top 10 planning programs without a Ph.D. program in the U.S. and the most diverse planning program among all U.S. programs.
More information about the department and its programs can be found at the following websites:
- Description of the MUP and certificate program requirements:
- Admissions information:
- Samples of the community planning reports produced by MUP classes:
- Syllabi for courses offered in recent years:
If you have questions about the programs or admissions process, please contact the Admissions Director, Dr. Hilary Nixon (firstname.lastname@example.org; 408-924-5852).