Summary of Recent Actions

PAB accreditation indicates that the Program has undergone an external review and substantially meets the PAB standards and criteria. Programs granted accreditation demonstrated conformity with PAB Standards after a thorough review from the Board. PAB bases its decisions on the overall quality of the program, its performance relative to its mission and strategic plan, and its performance relative to PAB’s 5 standards, which encompass a total of 29 criteria and 18 curriculum sub-criteria. When PAB determines that a Program does not fully meet a criterion or curriculum sub-criterion, the Program is encouraged to take steps to improve in that area and provide information to PAB on its efforts, either during the next accreditation review or in an interim progress report.

This information is a summary only. Please consult the school directly for in-depth information regarding programs, course offerings, and compliance with PAB standards. Programs should also be consulted directly for additional information on issues and areas of improvement identified during an accreditation review, and the actions that the school is taking to address these areas.

April 2019 Actions

Accreditation Granted

George Washington University
Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning
The Board granted the Program a 5-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 1C/ Programmatic assessment; 1D/ Student learning outcomes assessment; 2C/ Student advising, services, and support; 3B/ Faculty diversity; 4A2d/ Curriculum: Plan creation and implementation; 4A2e/ Curriculum: Planning process methods; 4A2f/ Curriculum: Leadership; 5B/ Program Leadership.

Progress Report by July 1, 2021 to be submitted by the Program.

Harvard University
Master in Urban Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 2C/ Student advising, services, and support; 4A1c/ Curriculum: Planning law; 4B/ Areas of specialization and electives.

Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and Master in Urban and Regional Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 1F/ Public information; 2B/ Student diversity; 3B/ Faculty diversity; 4A3d/ Curriculum: Sustainability and environmental quality; 4A3f/ Curriculum: Health and built environment.

New York University
Master of Urban Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board required the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 1D/ Student learning outcomes assessment; 2B/ Student diversity; 3B/ Faculty diversity; 4D/ Facilities.

Progress Report by July 1, 2022 to be submitted by the Program.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Master of Urban Planning and Policy
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criterion: 1F/ Public information.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Master of Regional Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criterion: 1F/ Public information; 3F/ Professional involvement and community outreach.

University of Pennsylvania
Master of City Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2026
The Board granted the Program a 7-year accreditation term. The Board requires the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 1F/ Public information; 3B/ Faculty diversity; 4A1c/ Curriculum: Planning law.

Wayne State University
Master of Urban Planning
Accreditation granted through 12/31/2024
The Board granted the Program a 5- year accreditation term. The Board required the Program to address issues in the following criteria: 1B/ Current strategic plan; 1C/ Programmatic assessment; 1D/ Student learning outcomes assessment; 4A3d/ Curriculum: Sustainability and environmental quality; 4A3f/ Curriculum: Health and built environment.

Progress Report by July 1, 2022 to be submitted by the Program for possible extension of accreditation of 2 years to 12/31/2026.

Denial of Accreditation, or Revocation of Accreditation
none

Denial of Candidacy Status
none

Probationary Accreditation Granted
none

Deferral of the Decision
none

History of PAB Actions

Click here (PDF) for a history of actions taken since October 2014.

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

(File Download: 338kB)

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

PAB Policies and Procedures Manual

(File Download: 521kB)

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

(File Download: 268kB)

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

Accreditation Toolkit

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A publication by CHEA designed to provide information on accreditation to students, faculty, presidents, chancellors, and governing boards of higher education institutions.