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UC Berkeley’s Planning Program Receives Accreditation from PAB

By Michael P. Cass, Northern Section Director, January 21, 2024

The Master of City Planning (MCP) program at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the oldest accredited planning programs in the country. In October 2023, the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) voted to re-accredit the MCP program for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2024.

In addition to the University of California, Berkeley, the Northern Section is proud to also be the home of the accredited Master of Urban Planning program at San Jose State University.

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. PAB standards are developed with input from the public and our sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA); APA’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). As the accreditor for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning, the Planning Accreditation Board’s (“PAB”) mission is to promote excellence among planning programs and ensure high-quality education for future urban planners.

As of January 1, 2024, PAB currently accredits 79 master’s and 16 bachelor’s programs at 83 North American universities. For a full list of accredited programs, please visit the PAB website.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff at UC Berkeley on the occasion of this important achievement!

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