Distance Learning/Online Degree Programs in Planning

In response to many requests about distance learning/online degree programs in planning, we have developed this list of our member schools that offer such programs.

Alabama A&M University
Alabama A&M University will have several online urban planning courses this summer (2014). There is not an online degree available now. We are working toward offering online degrees in 2015.

Arizona State University - program in creation

Tufts University
Online Course on Community Engagement: Now Enrolling! Many planning projects and policies fail because of a lack of community engagement.  This online course explores ways to create active, positive participation in different urban settings. The course examines the goals and practice of community engagement, from theory and history to methods and techniques. Using three case studies of participation processes in Lowell’s Hamilton Canal District, Boston’s Chinatown, and Somerville neighborhoods, the class will view and discuss filmed sessions of public meetings and charrettes. Facilitators and participants of community engagement events are interviewed for their assessment of how effective the process was. Readings include academic texts, web sources and media coverage of the case studies.  For more information: http://ase.tufts.edu/uep/. To register for the course: http://tiny.cc/kd89cx

University of Florida
Our graduate online degree in urban and regional planning is modelled after our on-campus 52-credit graduate program and has two specializations in GIS and sustainability. It is designed for working professionals and can be completed in 3 years. The degree earned is a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning. The two specialization choices are 1) GIS or 2) sustainability. The web link to learn more about the program is: http://dcp.ufl.edu/urp/academics/degrees/onlinemaster

University of Massachusetts Boston
The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters/CRSCAD offers an online 18-credit graduate certificate program in Global Post-Disaster Studies for building the much-needed capacity to address various aspecits of disasters which are becoming more frequent and intense globally.  This online certificate will be the key that allows concerned world citizens the chance to specialize in reconstruction, from policy and planning to operations on the ground.  Unique among populations, including children, women, the elderly, people with disabilities, the poor and minority communities. For more information visit http://www.umb.edu/crscad.
Global Post-Disaster Studies 2015 Booklet

University of Washington
Our graduate online degree in the Urban Design and Planning school is a 45-credit program designed to be completed in 2 years. The degree earned is a Masters of Infrastucture Planning and Management (MIPM). It provides professionals with an understanding of infrastucture systems and how to make them more resilient to breakdown. The web link to learn more about the program is http://urbdp.be.washington.edu/programs/graduate/mipm/