Urban Planning Certificate First in CT

Trinity College will launch a graduate certificate program in urban planning in fall 2020. The program, offered through the master’s program in public policy and in partnership with the Urban Studies Program, makes Trinity the first institution in Connecticut to offer an urban planning program.

Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, said the certificate program was needed in the state. “There is a gap that has left Connecticut with disadvantages in attempting to tap the strengths of urban areas for the overall growth and quality of life for residents,” Myers said. “This new graduate certificate in urban planning at Trinity is a step toward filling this gap.”

Students in the program will learn basic urban planning principles, as well as the history and evolution of schools of thought in urban planning. They also will study urban planning methods for practical, applied, and empirical work, including both quantitative and qualitative skills. Students will gain a familiarity with contemporary urbanization patterns and processes in Connecticut and the New England region, within both the U.S. and global contexts. Myers said those in the region—and those already admitted to the graduate program in public policy, in particular—will find the certificate a beneficial step in their career development trajectories.

The four-course certificate can be earned as a stand-alone certificate or as part of a master’s degree from Trinity. The certificate requires two core courses and two elective courses.

For more information, please visit https://www.trincoll.edu/graduate-studies/certificates/urban-planning/