Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

Candidacy Status is a formally-recognized two-year term that precedes an initial granting of accreditation.


San Diego State University
School of Public Affairs
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4505
Master of City Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019
Sherry Ryan, Interim Director
858.349.5330; Dept. phone: 619.594.4355.
Public Information


University of Central Florida
College of Health and Public Affairs
School of Public Administration
4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395
Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018
Christopher Hawkins, Director
407.823.2706; Dept. phone: 407.823.2604
Public Information


George Washington University
College of Professional Studies
Sustainable Urban Planning Program
950 Glebe Rd. North, 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22203
Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018
John Carruthers, Director
703.248.6059; Dept. phone: 703.299.0199
Public Information


The University of Texas at San Antonio
College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning
501 W.César E. Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78207
Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018
Richard Tangum, Director
210.458.2559; Dept. phone:
Public Information

Useful Documents

Accredited Planning Programs

The list of PAB-accredited planning programs.

Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

The list of planning programs seeking accreditation which have been granted Candidacy Status.

Considering Accreditation?

Instructions for becoming an accredited planning program.

Summary of Recent Actions

History of Accredited Programs

This list includes all degree programs currently and previously accredited by the PAB.

2017 Accreditation Standards

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Standards approved March 3, 2017.
Programs submitting Self-Study Reports in 2018 will use the 2017 standards.

2012 Accreditation Standards

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Standards approved April 14, 2012.
Programs submitting Self-Study Reports and Progress Reports in 2017 and hosting Site Visits during the 2017-2018 academic year will be assessed using the 2012 standards.

PAB Policies and Procedures Manual

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PAB combined its Accreditation Document with its Policies Manual to form a single new manual: The PAB Policies and Procedures Manual. This new manual contains all the PAB policies and procedures and provides guidance on the accreditation process.

The Value of Accreditation

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How it works and how it benefits students and the public; a brief document developed by regional, national and programmatic accrediting organizations, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

CHEA YouTube Video: Accreditation and Its Value To You