Saint Louis University's Certificate in Urban Planning and the Built Environment offers students entry-level training to the growing field for city and regional planners. Graduates with this certificate will gain the necessary training to work as entry-level planners with an agency or non-profit organization or to build on their competitive skills in an allied profession to enhance their job prospects.
Typical students for our certificate are those who have already received their undergraduate degree in majors like social work, public health, criminology and criminal justice, civil engineering, sociology, environmental studies, business, economics or those pursuing graduate degrees in social work, public health, business and/or professional degrees like law.
Students can complete the 15-credit certificate in urban planning and the built environment in three semesters, starting in Spring semester (January). See the Roadmap for sequence and order of courses. Courses are offered once per year. UPD 5900 – Planning and Development Studio is the capstone course for the certificate program and must be taken during the student’s last semester of study.
The certificate is designed to stand alone or serve as an entry point to the MS in Urban Planning & Design (MS UPD) degree. Graduates with the certificate will be eligible to apply the 15 credits toward the MS UPD degree within 5 years of completion.
Classes are offered in-person late afternoons or evenings during the week to accommodate students who also work.
The Certificate in Urban Planning and the Build Environment learning culminates with the course, UPD 5900 - Planning and Development Studio. During that final course, the students work with a community partner to help them solve a planning problem in their community.
SLU’s Urban Planning and Development Program has been involved in almost $2 million in funded research, including projects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Rivers Greenway, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, City of St. Louis, and various other regional, state and local entities. Our Community Planning Lab provides students with additional exciting field opportunities to work on local projects like community impact assessments and comprehensive plans.
Graduates of SLU's Urban Planning and Development Program work across the public, private and nonprofit sectors holding jobs with state, regional and municipal governments, planning consulting firms, real estate development companies, community development corporations, and economic development organizations, to name a few.
Successful applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
The Certificate in Urban Planning and the Built Environment requires a TOEFL score of 92 or higher.
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
Applications will be accepted and reviewed for admissions until December 1 for Spring.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis to start in Spring/January. The admissions committee considers several factors to determine a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement; strength of the undergraduate program; application information; professional statement; work experience; motivation; and leadership and service. The undergraduate GPA is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.
Students taking only certificate coursework are not eligible for scholarships in the School of Social Work.
The following links to resources in Saint Louis University Student Financial Services may also be helpful:
|Foundations of Planning|
|Land Use Planning & Analysis|
|Land Use Law|
|Local Economic Development Policy & Practice|
|Planning & Development Studio|
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
|Critical course: UPD 5020||Land Use Planning & Analysis||3|
|Critical course: UPD 5030||Land Use Law (Critical course: or UPD 5200)||3|
|Critical course: UPD 5000||Foundations of Planning||3|
|Critical course: UPD 5200||Local Economic Development Policy & Practice (Critical course: or UPD 5030)||3|
|Critical course: UPD 5900||Planning & Development Studio||3|
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
Sarah Coffin, PhD, AICP
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Development
Assistant Program Director
Robert M. Lewis, CeCD, FAICP, Assistant Professor
For additional admission questions please contact,
Kristi Richter, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
School of Social Work