What is the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)?

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), based in Chicago, IL, accredits university programs in North America which offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. The PAB looks at five preconditions to accreditation:

  1. Program Graduates 
  2. Accreditation Status of the Institution 
  3. Program and Degree Titles 
  4. Length of Program 
  5. Primary Focus

How Does the PAB Accredit?

The accreditation process is based on standards approved by the PAB with input from the public and sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA); the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) (the professional planners’ institute within the American Planning Association); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

What is a Planning Degree?

A degree in Planning teaches urban, city and regional planning.  This allows students to pursue careers in design, land use and infrastructure, which could include transportation, communication and distribution networks.