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Geography and Planning

Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

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Geography and Planning

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Geography and Planning
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair

Name: Heather MacQueen
Position: Department Secretary

Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

Eighteen Credit Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate program in Urban and Regional Planning that consists of six courses. Urban and Regional Planning is a creative way to influence the future of regions, cities and neighborhoods. Professional planners use a variety of tools and techniques to design communities that are equitable and sustainable. This certificate program provides graduate-level instruction on the major areas of planning. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into the Master of Arts or the MPA-Urban and Regional Planning degree programs in geography, the geography courses (GEO) listed below can be counted towards the degree. For students enrolled in the MPA program, the certificate will be awarded along with the MPA degree.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.


A student who wishes to enroll in the certificate program needs to hold a bachelor's degree (in any subject area) from an accredited institution, and needs to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online . Paper copies are available from the department secretary in Ruby Jones Hall, room 103. Advising sheets are subject to change; students should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

Course requirements:

  • Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (GEO525)
  • Five courses selected from the graduate course offerings chosen in consultation with the graduate coordinator based on areas of interest to the student.

To Apply

A student who wishes to apply to the Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program should download the Graduate Studies Application , and follow the instructions for the self-managed application process.

For the Graduate Studies application, the plan number for the Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is C250.

For more information, contact Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey, Graduate Coordinator for the certificate program.

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