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 degree is in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration in the College for Health, Community and 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 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
| Required Degree
| Other Degree Requirements
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's academic and/or professional skills.
| Statement of Purpose
||Letter of Intent, outlining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and career plans.
| Test Scores
||Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.00 out of 4.00. Scores cannot be older than 5 years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, email@example.com, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.