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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.
  • For more information about coursework, please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites: 

  • Applicants must satisfy University-wide graduate admission requirements.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • General GRE
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation required addressing applicant's academic and/or professional skills.
  • Statement of Purpose - a letter of intent, outlining the applicant's reasons for pursuing the master's of science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and career plans.
  • Portfolio, documenting proficiency in design, graphic communications, and other creative work. 
  • 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.

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.

Contact Information

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

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Course Scheduling and offerings

Program classes are offered at the Downtown Campus.

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