Degrees & Certificates

Degrees & Certificates 2017-04-03T19:25:59+00:00

UAP’s degrees explore the intersections of planning, policy and practice at the metropolitan, community, and neighborhood scales and in the diverse contexts of rural and urban, poor and affluent, fast growing and declining communities. Our core curriculum includes theory, law, economics, methods, and project-based studios along with such topics as sustainability, real estate development, urban design, community engagement, technology and planning. Students have the flexibility to shape their degrees with special concentrations in environmental planning, international development, urban design, and others that can help them choose careers and market their skills to employers.

UAP faculty have earned national reputations as experts in sustainability, urban regeneration, international development, transportation, housing, disaster management, and community and economic development. UAP faculty in Blacksburg and Alexandria often collaborate with colleagues in the School of Public and International Affairs, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and several Virginia Tech research centers.

Our program is well connected throughout the region with many of our alumni working for local governments–thus, giving students an extensive network for launching careers in local public service. UAP has an excellent faculty-student ratio at each location, which means most of the classes are relatively small with excellent opportunities to interact with the faculty. Each semester UAP offers studios, in which student teams working for public, private and nonprofit clients tackle real world planning, policy, development or design problems—several studios have won awards from the Virginia American Planning Association.

Undergrad

The Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs degree provides the planning and policy skills and insights in order to understand and affect the economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of urban growth and change. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector addressing complex problems in realms such as urban planning, environmental justice, economic development, food systems, and international development.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning degree provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social sciences, planning, and public policy. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

Graduates of the Environmental Planning and Policy degree program work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
The Environmental Policy and Planning Minor provides a critical interdisciplinary insight into modern environmental concerns.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours:

UAP 1024: Public Issues in Urban Society

UAP 3014: Urban Policy and Planning

12 hours from approved list of UAP courses

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
The Real Estate Minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life. The instructional material is relevant to professionals in a wide range of real estate organizations and program graduates work in public sector agencies and in the private sector in such areas as economic development, urban planning and commercial/residential development.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
The Watershed Management Minor provides an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy and decision-making. Alumni are prepared for careers in government, nonprofits and private sector organizations that focus on water resources.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Master’s

The Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
MURP’s Dual Masters degrees, also known as simultaneous degrees, exist between the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Natural Resources degrees. Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to master core material in more than one field, allowing them to acquire the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities within multiple fields and become bridge-builders between them; in fact, many rise to leadership positions because of their multi-disciplinary perspective.

If you are interested in this program in Blacksburg, please contact uapvt@vt.edu. If you are interested in this program in Alexandria, please contact UAPAlexandria@vt.edu.

  • CPAP
  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Doctoral

The PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.

  • SPIA
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Certificates

During the next generation, more than $40 trillion will be spent reshaping America’s built environment. More half of all structures existing today will be demolished or reconfigured to serve different functions. New development will exceed in volume 75% of everything existing today. The magnitude of this change will challenge economic, social, governance, physical and environmental systems as never before. It is imperative that the broadest number of current and prospective professionals possible appreciate the dynamics underlying this change, and in some way learn how to manage it.

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program is offering a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development. It is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities.

The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program. As the nature and extent of future development will touch everyone, everyone qualified should have the opportunity to become familiar with the challenges and opportunities

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today.

As depth of knowledge is important to careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.

  • GIA
  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

During the next generation, more than $40 trillion will be spent reshaping America’s built environment. More half of all structures existing today will be demolished or reconfigured to serve different functions. New development will exceed in volume 75% of everything existing today. The magnitude of this change will challenge economic, social, governance, physical and environmental systems as never before. It is imperative that the broadest number of current and prospective professionals possible appreciate the dynamics underlying this change, and in some way learn how to manage it.

The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.

The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program. As the nature and extent of future development will touch everyone, everyone qualified should have the opportunity to become familiar with the challenges and opportunities.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs offers an exciting certificate in Nonprofit and NGO Management. We are expanding the reach of the certificate by moving all courses to an online format and focusing the core material on the most vital and urgent management challenges for nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. The certificate is ideal for rising professionals across the globe navigating the complex fiscal, managerial and networked environments of nonprofits and NGOs during a time of significant change. We look forward to applications for Fall 2015 when we kick off the newest course in the certificate in Financial Management for Nonprofits. Courses in the certificate also include a focus on leadership, complex management, program evaluation with an emphasis on accountability, and all courses seamlessly integrate the domestic and international context. For more information, please contact: Anne Khademian khademi@vt.edu and/or Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu

  • CPAP
  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Because water quantity and water quality will be intensified in Virginia and the nation, owing to increased water demand, changes in land-use and other competing interests, the management of water resources is a critical issue facing governmental agencies, as well as the private/industrial sector and citizens. The Watershed Management Certificate provides an excellent opportunity for future water and land managers to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary for meeting these challenges in the field of water resources. The Watershed Management Certificate integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and ten departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making. The certificate requires the completion of 11 credit hours. Students must complete the core class “Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy” and chose three other courses in Watershed Science and/or Watershed Analysis. In recent years, it has been recognized that the most effective approach to management of water resources is at the watershed scale with input from various stakeholders. Furthermore, there have been significant advances in understanding watershed science both in the natural and social sciences, and there is a national trend to integrate various facets of watershed studies in.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Special Programs

The Combined B.A. Architecture/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree provides students with the option of earning a professionally-accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning [link to degree page] degree along with the professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. Graduates of the combined degree program are at the nexus of planning and architectural design, crafting solutions to community issues that respond to social, political, economic and spatial challenges.

  • UAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Located in Old Town Alexandria, the Washington Semester is an eleven-week summer program that provides students the opportunity to acquire professional experience in a governmental agency or other relevant enterprise in the private or nonprofit sector.

  • SPIA
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time