Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

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


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


University of Missouri – Kansas City
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design
109 Katz Hall – 5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
Bachelor of Arts In Urban Planning and Design
Candidacy Status January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017
Michael Frisch, AICP, Program Director
816.235.6369; Dept. phone: 816.235.1725
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

Amendment to Accreditation Standards

To view draft two of the proposed amendment to the Accreditation Standards, click here. To view comments submitted in the second 30-day public comment period, click here.

PAB anticipates releasing its 2017 standards before the May 6 – 9 APA national conference.

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.

Candidacy Information

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.

Accreditation Standards

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Standards approved April 14, 2012.

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