College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Community Planning, Graduate Certificate

Do you want a career in rural or urban planning—one of today’s leading fields—without pursuing a degree? Then our community planning certificate may be for you.

In this certificate program, you'll learn:

  • fundamental as well as advanced knowledge of professional planning practices
  • the elements of efficient and ethical land use
  • real world skills and technologies


What Can I Do with a Certificate in Community Planning?

This online graduate certificate focuses on producing urban and community planners who are prepared in both fundamental and advanced knowledge for professional practice in the public planning workplace. A baccalaureate degree from any discipline is required for admission.

Professional planning jobs include local government, federal land management agencies, international development organizations, private sector land development companies, community development divisions, and city and county planning departments.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • A baccalaureate degree from any discipline is required for admission
    • Submit one letter of recommendation to the department
    • Submit a one-page statement of interest to the department answering the following:
      • Why do you want to pursue this certificate?
      • What are your educational goals?
Certificate Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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