Take Classes at RPI or Albany Law School
With the approval of their advisor, students may take planning-related graduate courses in other University at Albany graduate programs, at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), or at the Albany Law School. Reciprocal agreements are available with RPI and the Law School to allow University at Albany graduate students to take courses there registering through the University at Albany Graduate Office and paying University at Albany fees.
Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system for handling spatially structured information, with facilities for processing, retrieval and display (including maps, imagery and other graphics). The program requires 15 credit hours of graduate coursework. And can be completed in conjunction with the MRP over the normal 4 semesters, although you may want to consider taking some intro GIS courses over the summer.
Urban Policy Certificate The Certificate in Urban Policy provides students with an overview of basic concepts and strategies in urban policy analysis, covering both domestic policies and international cases. It provides opportunities for specialization in specific fields of urban research and policy, drawing on one or more social science disciplines.
To qualify for the Certificate, students are required to take five graduate-level courses. Three of these courses are already required for the MRP program. The two extras are: PLN 540-Urban Policy in the United States & PLN 573-Metropolitan Governance and Planning.
Note: The two required courses mentioned above may not be offered in your time at UAlbany, but your advisor can substitute a different course. Consult your advisor.