Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in North America

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Urban and Regional Planning

A Masters degree gives you the opportunity to either further your understanding of a particular question or take off in a completely different way using skills you have gained from your previous undergraduate degree.

Urban and regional planning of land for the use of large groups of people is a field that requires one to have a great deal of knowledge. The most important subjects include planning, metropolitan development dynamics and implementation.  

From indigenous civilizations to modern day empires, North America has plenty of hands-on educational opportunities to offer scholars. Filled with a range of distinct cultures, students can educate themselves in well-rounded way.

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Master of Science in Architecture

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years July 2017 USA San Diego

From urban planning to interior design, many professions today benefit from in-depth study of architecture. The Master of Science in Architecture at NewSchool is designed for students who want to enrich their knowledge of the field but don’t plan to pursue architectural licensing. The program is open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field. [+]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in North America 2017. From urban planning to interior design, many professions today benefit from in-depth study of architecture. The Master of Science in Architecture at NewSchool is designed for students who want to enrich their knowledge of the field but don’t plan to pursue architectural licensing. The program is open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field. [-]

Master of Architecture I

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years July 2017 USA San Diego

The Master of Architecture I degree is a NAAB accredited degree that prepares students to pursue state architecture licensure. The program is divided into two tracks depending on the student’s educational background. Students who have a bachelors in architecture from a program that was not NAAB accredited can complete the program in two years. Students who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field will spend an additional year learning the foundations of architecture and complete the degree in three years. [+]

The Master of Architecture I degree is a NAAB accredited degree that prepares students to pursue state architecture licensure. The program is divided into two tracks depending on the student’s educational background. Students who have a bachelors in architecture from a program that was not NAAB accredited can complete the program in two years. Students who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field will spend an additional year learning the foundations of architecture and complete the degree in three years. [-]

Online Master of Construction Management

NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Online Full time 1 year July 2017 USA San Diego

As construction projects grow increasingly complex, so does the demand for specialized management level personnel. NewSchool’s fully online Master of Construction Management prepares students to thrive in this role and excel in various professions revolving around the built environment. Along with basic instruction around all segments of the construction industry, this program places particular emphasis on developing skills as a business manager prepared for the construction trade’s current and future challenges. [+]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in North America 2017. As construction projects grow increasingly complex, so does the demand for specialized management level personnel. NewSchool’s fully online Master of Construction Management prepares students to thrive in this role and excel in various professions revolving around the built environment. Along with basic instruction around all segments of the construction industry, this program places particular emphasis on developing skills as a business manager prepared for the construction trade’s current and future challenges. [-]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning

Eastern Washington University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Spokane

Urban and Regional Planning is one of society's means for addressing these problems in a creative, positive manner. Planning is a problem-solving profession that is concerned with the forces that influence the quality of life in the neighborhood, city, region, state, nation and world. Thus, planning provides a unique occupational avenue for those who desire a role in shaping a better future... [+]

Many social, physical, economic, technical and political issues in society cry out for definition and resolution. Among these are: The decline in central cities; The deterioration of neighborhoods; Inefficient and inequitable taxing and regulatory policies; Congestion and other problems of accessibility; The impact of growth and change; An erosion of natural resources; and Inefficient or absent human services. Urban and Regional Planning is one of society's means for addressing these problems in a creative, positive manner. Planning is a problem-solving profession that is concerned with the forces that influence the quality of life in the neighborhood, city, region, state, nation and world. Thus, planning provides a unique occupational avenue for those who desire a role in shaping a better future. The goal of EWU's Urban and Regional Planning program is to train competent professionals for careers in planning. To achieve this goal, the department stresses the acquisition of practical, analytical and organizational skills designed to aid the student in analyzing problems and organizing community activities to help solve problems. The combination of classroom instruction and applied planning field projects develops professional competence and ensures that each student has the requisite abilities to function within the profession after leaving the program. The department takes particular pride in having the only accredited undergraduate planning degree in the Northwest and one of only 16 in the nation. What are the degree options? The Department of Planning and Public Administration offers Master of Urban and Regional Planning What can I do with my degree? The long-range job outlook for urban and regional planners is good. There is an expanding need for planners in the private sector including consulting firms, land development companies and large corporations involved in land management and location analysis. Planners are also found in non-profit organizations involved in community problem solving. These positions complement more traditional jobs in the public sector including those dealing with comprehensive planning, land use regulation and transportation systems management. The Department takes an active role in placing students and is proud of its continuing success in finding positions for its graduates. Agencies and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest compliment the program for producing graduates who need little additional training to assume their employment responsibilities. Admission Requirements General Admissions Information for Master in Urban and Regional Planning Admission requirements of the MURP program include those required by the graduate school as well as the following: Two letters of recommendation submitted to the planning graduate advisor of the Department of Planning and Public Administration. Both letters should be from instructors familiar with the applicant's undergraduate or, where applicable, graduate academic record. In the event the applicant has professional planning experience, letters may come from a supervisor or person familiar with planning work of the applicant. All applicants shall also submit a personal letter of intent explaining why they wish to study planning and outlining their educational and career goals. All applicants for the program must have completed a class in statistics prior to entry into the program or complete a course while in the program. In the latter case, the credits for the class will not be included in the 72 credits required for the degree. What will I study? The master of Urban and Regional Planning degree requires the completion of 72 total credits. Theory/Philosophy PLAN 501 Foundations of Planning (5) PLAN 502 Advanced Community Development (5) PLAN 508 Reflective Planning Theory (3) Administrative/Management PLAN 505 Planning Implementation and Law (5) PLAN 509 Professional Planning Practice (2) Methods/Techniques PLAN 503 Planning Methods I (5) PLAN 504 Planning Methods II (5) PLAN 506 Planning Methods III (5) Applied Synthesis PLAN 507 Advanced Planning Studio (5) PLAN 591 Research Project Preparation (1) PLAN 601 Research Project (5) Specialization or Generalist Electives (26 credits) Specialization or Generalist Electives (26 credits) Every student must either take courses in one of the specialty areas listed below or take PLAN 440, Land Use Planning and at least two of the following courses: PLAN 510 Community Facilities Planning (5) PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5) PLAN 551 Transportation Planning (5) PLAN 460 Urban Design (3) SPECIALIZATION Students selecting a specialization must complete the core of a specialization, under advisement from their committee select the majority of their remaining electives from courses that support their area of specialization and do their research paper in the specialty area. The following list indicates the core of each specialty area. Tribal Planning PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5) PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5) PLAN 523 American Indian Planning (3) PLAN 530 Contemporary American Indian Planning (3) PLAN 531 Census Data and Tribal Planning (2) PLAN 532 American Indian Economic Development (3) PLAN 533 American Indian Law PLAN 560 American Indian Planning Studio Environmental Planning PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5) PLAN 571 Environmental Impact Statements (3) PLAN 435 Hazards Planning (2) PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5) PLAN 542 Sustainable Communities (3) Small Town Planning PLAN 510 Community Facilities Planning (5) PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5) PLAN 448 Main Street Programs (2) PLAN 572 Rural and Small Town Planning (3) PLAN 473 Planning in the Western U.S. (3) PLAN 514 Local Economic Development Planning (3) [-]

Master of Architecture Professional Degree Program

School of Architecture - Syracuse University
Campus Full time 42 months August 2017 USA Syracuse

The Master of Architecture is a 110 credit 3 year first-professional degree program that aims to prepare future architects to provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment, and to collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the field of architectural design. [+]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in North America 2017. The Master of Architecture is a 110 credit 3 year first-professional degree program that aims to prepare future architects to provide leadership and vision in the construction of the physical environment, and to collaboratively draw upon and organize diverse professions and multiple technologies to expand the field of architectural design. Research is an integral part of the M.Arch course of study, from first-year courses in design, theory, history, media, and technology, to the final semester’s directed research project. The program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and currently ranked #8 in the country by Design Intelligence. Our faculty members are recognized for their level of commitment to each student’s progress as well as their professional achievements. The faculty is comprised of published scholars, award-winning designers, funded researchers, and active professionals. Curriculum Studios in design and media, lecture courses and seminars in theory and history, and courses in structures and technology during the first three semesters of the M.Arch curriculum constitute the “core” of the program. The final four semesters, including a summer intensive term, offer distinct experiences. In the fourth semester, all students have the option to select from a range of studios taught by distinguished visiting professors. Students who have been awarded with advanced standing based on architectural study at the undergraduate level have the option of studying abroad at the University’s centers in Florence and London or at the University’s Fisher Center in New York City. In the summer of the second year, students can study at a summer intensive program in New York City or in one of our “Three Cities” global study programs. The design focus of the third year includes both our Integrative Studio, designed to synthesize knowledge garnered across the curriculum in a highly detailed building design, and a faculty directed research project defined and developed by the student in tandem with faculty advisors. A rich array of professional and history electives allows students to study specific topics in seminars and lecture courses. DIRECTED RESEARCH At Syracuse Architecture, the completion of a directed research project is required for award of the M.Arch degree. Students’ capstone experience in the M.Arch. degree embraces the complex multi-disciplinary nature of architectural projects in the 21st century by providing a framework for students to explore individual research + design interests around a series of topics supported by faculty expertise from across the university. Led by School of Architecture faculty, small groups of students working in these shared topic areas are given the opportunity to advance their work in the kinds of multi-disciplinary contexts and conversations that drive innovative practice today. Through the Directed Research experience, we seek to prepare students to seek, initiate, and lead these conversations upon graduation. Admissions The Master of Architecture is a first-professional program open to applicants with undergraduate degrees in any field. Students entering with degrees in architecture or environmental studies are eligible for up to one year of advanced standing in the program. Students in the M.Arch program are required to participate in full-time study and must enter the program during the fall semester. [-]

M.Arch 2

SCI-Arc
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Los Angeles

SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 2 program is a two-year, five-term, professional Master of Architecture program. The aim is the reappraisal of architecture; it is specifically designed to build upon and reconsider knowledge gained from a prior undergraduate degree in the field. [+]

SCI-Arc’s M.Arch 2 program is a two-year, five-term, professional Master of Architecture program. The aim is the reappraisal of architecture; it is specifically designed to build upon and reconsider knowledge gained from a prior undergraduate degree in the field. Open to applicants with a minimum of a four-year degree in architecture, or its equivalent abroad, the program requires attendance for the fall and spring terms of the first year, and the fall, spring, and summer terms of the second year. Students are introduced to advanced critical perspectives on contemporary architectural issues and examine the complex and shifting relationships between architecture and cultural, political, economic, and social change. The program operates as a laboratory to identify new possibilities for the integration of emerging techniques and technologies. Students learn the latest developments in fabrication and gain an understanding of design methodologies and their historical and contemporary contexts. Upon completing the three-term core sequence, they may choose from a variety of vertical studios and elective seminars. Students complete their studies with a thoroughly researched independent architectural thesis, which they present in a public exhibition. [-]

Master in Architecture

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Savannah

At SCAD, your architecture degree comes with a robust array of opportunities. You can intern in the thriving marketplace of Atlanta. You can take in the European influence while studying at SCAD Lacoste. [+]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in North America 2017. Architecture and the built environment At SCAD, your architecture degree comes with a robust array of opportunities. You can intern in the thriving marketplace of Atlanta. You can take in the European influence while studying at SCAD Lacoste. You can experience the architecture of the world city during a three-week immersion in Hong Kong. And you can do it all from a base in Savannah, home to one of the most celebrated urban plans in the world and a cityscape of both historic and contemporary architecture. Professional master of architecture Available at: - Savannah ARCH 706 Architectural Practices ARCH 717 Graduate Architecture Studio I: Urban Design and Development ARCH 719 Structures: Lateral Forces ARCH 727 Graduate Architecture Studio II: Comprehensive Design and Programming ARCH 737 Graduate Architecture Studio III: Comprehensive Detailing and Systems ARCH 745 Graduate Seminar in Architecture ARCH 747 Graduate Architecture Studio IV: Interdisciplinary Focus ARCH 779F Graduate Field Internship¶ ARCH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship¶ ARCH 798 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis I - Developing Concept, Context and Program ARCH 799 Graduate Architecture Studio: Thesis II - Design Detailing and Final Exposition ELDS 727 Advanced Digital Applications for Practice and Project Management — 500- to 700-level ARCH, ARLH or ARTH elective — 500- to 700-level HIPR or URBA elective — 500- to 700-level diversified elective** — 500- to 700-level diversified elective** — 500- to 700-level diversified elective** — Directed elective — Focused elective Total course of study: 90 hours* Careers in architecture Become an architect. Become a construction manager. Become a site planner. Become a building designer. SCAD molds professionals who consider a range of issues — from the social to the sustainable — as they create and renew the buildings and spaces in which people work, gather, play and live. Launch your career as a professional: Architect Building manager Computer modeler Construction manager Real estate developer Landscape architect Site planner Public works/building services architect Lighting and acoustical designer And get recruited and hired by the best of the best: American Institute of Architects BBG-BBGM Fentress Architects Greenline Architecture Limited Brands Niles Bolton Associates Perkins Eastman Sottile & Sottile Walt Disney World [-]

M.F.A. in Architectural History

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Savannah

SCAD is one of only two U.S. universities to offer an undergraduate degree in architectural history, and our flagship location among one of the best-preserved urban landscapes in the country makes Savannah the prime setting for exploring this craft. [+]

Uncover the human experience through architectural history SCAD is one of only two U.S. universities to offer an undergraduate degree in architectural history, and our flagship location among one of the best-preserved urban landscapes in the country makes Savannah the prime setting for exploring this craft. Take advantage of a curriculum that covers all major historical periods in Western and global traditions, the opportunity to travel abroad to a perfectly preserved medieval village, and coveted internships and resources at your fingertips. The vast world of architectural history awaits. M.F.A. in architectural history Available at: - Savannah ARLH 700 Research Methods in Architectural History ARLH 705 Architectural History Methodology and Historiography ARLH 770 Documenting and Interpreting the Built Environment ARLH 779F Graduate Field Internship* ARLH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship* ARLH 779F Graduate Field Internship† ARLH 779T Graduate Teaching Internship† ARLH 787 Directed Research in Architectural History ARLH 790 Architectural History M.F.A. Thesis CLC 580 Collaboration — 700-level ARLH elective: Analysis of the American hemisphere — 700-level ARLH elective: Analyzing modernity — 700-level ARLH elective: Evaluating pre-Modern traditions — 700-level ARLH elective: Investigation of the non-Western world — 700-level ARLH seminar — 700-level ARLH elective‡ — 700-level ARLH or ARTH elective — 700-level School of Building Arts elective — 500- to 700-level diversified elective — 500- to 700-level studio elective — 500- to 700-level studio elective Total course of study: 90 hours Careers in architectural history Become an heritage consultant. Become an architectural critic. Become a cultural resources coordinator. Architectural historians conduct research and evaluation, help manage and preserve historic artifacts, and provide preservation oversight to help restore and maintain the integrity of architectural treasures and their communities. They study the history of architecture all over the world and are thoughtful interpreters of the built environment as it relates to society. Launch your career as a professional: Historical site manager or curator Heritage consultant Architectural critic Preservation administrator Cultural resources coordinator Historic foundation manager Architectural researcher and evaluator Administrator or consultant for heritage organization [-]

Master of Urban Design

UNC Charlotte - School of Architecture
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2017 USA Charlotte + 1 more

The <strong>Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree program</strong> is an applied research and design degree for students who complete a bachelor's degree in architecture, planning, landscape, or another related disciplines. [+]

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in North America 2017. The Master of Urban Design (MUD) degree program is an applied research and design degree for students who complete a bachelor's degree in architecture, planning, landscape, or another related disciplines. A broad and inclusive admissions policy is used to attract a cross-disciplinary group of students pursuing professional and academic opportunities as well as mid-career enhancement, and to meet a growing demand for expertise in urban design in the global urban society. The program is designed to fit the needs of both full-time and part-time students. The MUD program aims to engage the complex issues faced by contemporary towns and cities, which are being transformed by shifting demographics, global capital, information technology, and environmental sustainability. The MUD program is built on the premise that urban design is a fusion of physical design, policy and implementation strategies. It mediates the professional disciplines of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, development, and engineering that together shape our urban environment. Thus it constructs collaborations between these specialists and the citizens affected by urban development and redevelopment. The MUD program takes the Charlotte metropolitan region as a laboratory while simultaneously reexamining issues on the national and global scales through an integrated summer travel-design experience abroad. The program is housed in the University’s Center City Building in uptown Charlotte, which is also home to the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the School of Architecture’s own City Building Lab, which provides an important contact for students to engage in funded research projects with the faculty and organizations beyond the campus. Students entering the MUD program with a professional degree in architecture can earn IDP credits towards architectural licensure. Curriculum The MUD program requires 36-credits, which can be completed in twelve months (fall-spring-summer) by full time students. Each of the three semesters includes 6-hours of studio and two 3-hour seminar courses. Applicants with no previous design training are required to enroll in an extra 3-credit hour summer Basics course prior to fall enrollment. To accommodate part-time students, courses can be taken in independent 3 and 6-hr increments, but full-time attendance is required for the final summer semester, including the 5-week travel immersion experience. International Study Experience The MUD program includes an integrated 5-week summer international travel-design immersion experience. In recent years, students have traveled to multiple cities in China to study high-density urbanism, historic regeneration, and new town movements. During the summers of 2015 through 2017, students will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to study hyper-density, verticality, infrastructure, and sustainability in urban design - all issues critical to the revitalization and expansion of urban centers. Dual Degree Options For full-time students with a four-year undergraduate degree in architecture, the MUD program also offers dual degrees with the two-year Master of Architecture (MII-track) professional program at UNC Charlotte. This dual degree can normally be completed in three academic years. Opportunities also exist for additional dual degree options with other UNC Charlotte graduate programs in Geography (Community Planning) and in Business Administration (Real Estate). Students enrolled in the three-year Master of Architecture (MI-track) program may also add the MUD degree to their architecture degree at the end of their program with a separate application submitted during the last year of their architecture studies. The enrollment period for these two degrees comprises 4 calendar years with two summer sessions. Students enrolled in the 5th year of the BArch program at UNC Charlotte may also enroll in the 12-month MUD Program through an expedited application process in the spring semester of their fifth year. This allows students to obtain a professional architecture qualification and a post-professional urban design qualification within a two calendar year period. BArch students must take the GRE exam during the spring semester as an application requirement. The separate portfolio submission may be waived. [-]

Master of Architecture

UNC Charlotte - School of Architecture
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2017 USA Charlotte + 1 more

Students who pursue this academic program range from those who are seeking a career change to those who wanted to pursue a liberal arts undergraduate academic program prior to embarking upon architectural studies. [+]

Program Overview The MArch I program is a NAAB-accredited professional degree designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture (such as Business, Engineering, Political Science, etc). Students who pursue this academic program range from those who are seeking a career change to those who wanted to pursue a liberal arts undergraduate academic program prior to embarking upon architectural studies. The M.Arch II program is a NAAB-accredited professional degree designed for students who have already completed a four-year undergraduate BA or BS in Architecture. Curriculum Students admitted to the MArch I program complete a full-time, three-plus-year, 96-credit curriculum that begins in the second session of the summer semester. In the first year of the MArch I program, students acquire the fundamentals of visual and spatial design, conceptualization, problem solving, and material and environmental influences. In addition to design studio, students take introductory coursework in architectural history and theory, building technology, and representation. In the second year students join incoming MArch II students to complete a curriculum consisting of a comprehensive architectural design project, which includes an advanced-design studio coupled with courses in contemporary theory, building technology, computational methods, design methodology, and architectural electives. In the third year, students complete a research-driven graduate design studio, and a research or design-based thesis, along with courses in architectural research, professional practice, and additional architectural electives. Students admitted to the MArch II program complete a two-year 60-credit curriculum that begins in the fall semester. The duration of graduate study for MArch II students may vary according to prior preparation and course work in architecture, including the fundamentals of visual and spatial design, conceptualization and problem solving, as well as introductory coursework in architectural history and theory, building technology and representation. In the first year of the MArch II program, students complete a curriculum consisting of a comprehensive architectural design project, and an advanced-design studio coupled with courses in contemporary theory, building technology, computational methods, design methodology, and architectural electives. In the second year, students complete a research-driven graduate design studio, and a research or design-based thesis, along with courses in architectural research, professional practice, and additional architectural electives. Admissions and Prerequisites Students applying to the MII track have already acquired the fundamentals of visual and spatial design, problem solving, conceptualization and introductory coursework in architectural history and theory, building technology, and visual skills. Expected Entry-Level Competencies for MArch.II Candidates include: A minimum of six semesters of architectural design studios; A minimum of two semesters of architectural history and/or theory courses; A minimum of four semesters of building technology courses equivalent to the following School of Architecture courses (ARCH 5301: Material and Assembly Principles, ARCH 5302: Environmental Systems Principles, ARCH 5303: Structural Principles, and ARCH 5304: Structural Systems). If applicants accepted to the MArch II program are found deficient in entry-level competencies, they will be required to enroll in additional course work beyond the required 60 credit hours to complete their degree. To ensure that incoming students are evaluated appropriately, the School of Architecture may request from applicants to the MArch II program the submission of course descriptions and syllabi of architecture courses passed and completed that satisfy the entry-level competencies. Dual Degree Options In addition to the SoA dual degrees in Architecture / Urban Design and in Architecture / Computer Science-Information Technology, students applying to the MArch II may choose to pursue a dual degree in another discipline within the university. The most frequent examples include dual master's degrees in Architecture / Geography (Community Planning) or in Architecture / Business (Real Estate Development). Dual master degrees can be obtained under the guidelines of the Graduate School and by special arrangement between the School of Architecture and another university unit. Students may also elect to study in our 3-year dual masters program with Tongji University in Shanghai, China. This program is designed for MArch degree seeking students who wish to obtain a professional Chinese architecture degree as well as an NAAB accredited Masters. In addition to the standard MArch I or II degree curriculum, students engage an additional year of study in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) at Tongji University, one of the top ranking architectural programs in China. Students engage fall and spring architecture and planning coursework (taught in English) as well as Chinese language seminars. The program also features a summer internship in Shanghai. If a student is interested in pursuing a dual master's degree in architecture and another discipline, a proposal must be submitted by the student to the Graduate Coordinators of both programs within the first semester of enrollment for review. Acceptance into the Master of Architecture program at UNC Charlotte does not guarantee admittance to the other graduate programs within the university. [-]