Planning Programs Granted Candidacy Status

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


Auburn University
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Political Science
Community Planning Graduate Program
7080 Haley Center
Auburn, AL 36849
Master of Community Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020
Jay Mittal, Director
Dept. phone:334.844.8409
Public Information


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, Director
858.349.5330; Dept. phone: 619.594.4355.
Public Information


University of South Florida
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Public Affairs
4202 E. Fowler Avenue – SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620
Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Candidacy Status January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020
Mark R. Hafen, Director
813.974.7982; Dept. phone: 813.974.3347
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.

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

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.