Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply to the Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning?

The Certificate Program is designed for various types of students. The targeted audience may include current graduate-level students* who plan to obtain their master’s degree in a land use planning-related field, such as Real Estate, Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Public Health, and Architecture. It also includes planning-related practicing professionals, such as architects, engineers, planners, elected and appointed public officials, and non-profit community service providers.

Enrollment in this Certificate program requires admission to postbaccalaureate standing at Fresno State. Interested candidates shall meet at least one of the following criteria for admission. Applicants must:

  1. be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program at an accredited institution of higher education, or
  2. have already earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or
  3. have earned an undergraduate degree.

*A Fresno State student enrolled in a state-funded post-bachelor degree may not concurrently enroll in this Certificate. Such a student will need to finish their Master degree before beginning the CAS.

When are the classes offered? Do I attend on-campus classes, or are they offered online?

The program is fully online. The following five classes are offered: 1) GEOG 201 Foundations in Urban Planning; 2) GEOG 202 Land Use Regulation, Law and Ethics; 3) GEOG 203 Community Planning; 4) GEOG 204 Environmental Planning; 5) GEOG 205 Transportation Planning. Courses are offered sequentially. 

How long will it take me to complete the degree requirements?

The five required courses are distributed in Fall and Spring semesters in each academic year.  One can finish the five courses in one year.

Program is cohort-based. Students are expected to progress and graduate within their matriculated cohort. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with university policy and accreditation standards.

How many units are required?

15 units. 

What are the costs?

The course fee is $350 per unit, or $1,050 per class. The total for the program is $5,250. Fees are payable upon registration for each class. Financial aid is not available for this program. Contact the Financial Aid office at 559.278.2182 if you have any questions.

I have additional questions about the Certificate of Advanced Study in Community and Regional Planning. Whom do I contact?

You may contact the program coordinator, Dr. Hongwei Dong, by emailing him at hdong@csufresno.edu or you may call 559.278.2890.

Do I need a specific undergraduate degree as a prerequisite?

The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution.