Master's Degree

Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning is designed to prepare students for leadership roles and careers in the public and private sectors for the purpose of planning and designing communities and regions. The College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s location is in downtown San Antonio, the degree is in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Policy. The program has a strong focus on land use planning; design; policy; and economic, environmental, and cultural issues that shape urban and regional land development patterns in terms of infrastructure, housing, and open space systems. Emphasis is placed on developing research capabilities and graphic skills needed in planning.

Degree Requirements

Degree candidates must complete minimum of 48 semester credit hours. Students may pursue a thesis or non-thesis option.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission pre-requisites: Applicants must satisfy University-wide graduate admission requirements.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: None

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: GRE required

Resume: Not required

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation required addressing applicant's academic and/or professional skills.

Statement of Purpose: Letter of Intent, outlining the applicant's reasons for pursuing the master's of science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and career plans.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Richard Tangum, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-3137

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

Career Options Available for an Urban and Regional Planning Graduate

The proposed degree program's primary focus is to prepare students to become practitioners in the planning profession.

Course Scheduling and offerings

Program classes are offered at the Downtown Campus.