The Master of Arts is awarded to students who complete coursework in a variety of concentrations, including the humanities and fine arts. As a prerequisite, students must first earn a bachelor’s degree. Once they earn the M.A., they may go on to higher education or join the workforce.
What is an MA in Urban Planning? Earning a master's degree in urban planning requires students to learn about transportation, crime, education and the environment in urban areas around the world. Core courses include policy, finance and management. Students may choose to learn about the theories and politics behind economic development and housing, about the need for cities to become more environmentally friendly, or about development planning at the international level. Microeconomics, statistical methods, policy analysis and financial management are also part of the curriculum.
A Master of Arts in Urban Planning teaches individuals a wide variety of skills. Students often learn about planning law and legislation, analytical research, professional report presentation, finance and policy development and strategic thinking. They may also develop better communication skills, learn how to work better in teams, become more creative or develop the ability to be more sensitive and diplomatic.
Earning a master’s degree in urban planning does not the cost the same amount everywhere. Students may pay more depending on how long their courses run, which university they attend and which country they live in.
Plenty of career options are possible for people who graduate with a master's degree in urban planning. Students who wish to enter a career directly related to the degree may wish to search out positions such as facilities managers, housing managers, town planners or transport planners. Those who are interested in other career paths where their degree would be useful might consider finding work as a building surveyor, community development worker, sustainability consultant or planning and development surveyor.
Some students choose to obtain their urban planning degrees online so that they have a more flexible schedule. Others might decide to attend one of many colleges or universities around the world. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
This course focuses on urban design as part of town planning and equips students with a comprehensive understanding of urban design, planning and development issues.
Engage with complex issues
This course focuses on urban design as part of town planning, equipping you with a comprehensive understanding of urban design, planning and development issues.
It provides an interdisciplinary approach, helping students to develop to engage with the complex issues facing our cities and increase their employability in the expanding profession of urban design and in the related fields of planning and development.
Students will be engaged in project work on sites where there are current urban design and planning issues and will debate these issues with staff and external guests; the programme also includes a compulsory one-week residential European field study visit. In recent years, students have visited Barcelona, Turin, Venice or Dortmund. The study visit costs are included in the tuition fee....
Postgraduate Masters (MA) in Planning, Policy and Practice; the first step into town and urban planning. Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
Focus on the interactions between society, economy, space and land use. Explore how opportunities, tensions, and conflicts are managed by planners in the public interest.
We explore the role of planning as a set of regulatory mechanisms but more importantly as a means of identifying opportunities and assisting developers (be they in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors).
6 reasons to study here
Located in the heart of central London: We use our distinctive location to investigate the societal challenges and opportunities facing planning in the 21st century.
Taught by experienced academics and practitioners: Taught by staff with track records in research and relevant publications. Guest and visiting lecturers from professional practice supplement teaching throughout the course.
Site visits and live projects: One day and half-day site visits to exciting live projects - the practical focus is complemented by theoretical understanding.
Residential field study visit: Opportunity to participate in residential field study trips and site visits in Europe – at no additional charge to you.
Set the direction: Choice of specialism module provides flexibility and depth to explore issues relating to a particular aspect of planning.
National and international perspective: Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
The restructured Master of Arts in Planning is a thesis-based research program of study, which is differentiated from SCARP's accredited, professionally oriented Master o
The restructured Master of Arts in Planning is a thesis-based research program of study, which is differentiated from SCARP's accredited, professionally oriented Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) and is intended to provide learning opportunities for:
practicing professionals who want to strengthen their research skills;
those with undergraduate planning degrees from accredited programs;
and students (with or without a master's degree) interested in eventually doing doctoral research;
to undertake graduate-level study leading to a non-accredited, research-based master's degree.
Degree: Master of Arts (Planning)
Mode of delivery: On campus
Program Components: Coursework + Options
Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
School: School of Community and Regional Planning
With a global urban population of 4 billion and 28 megacities, urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family
About the Programme
With a global urban population of 4 billion and 28 megacities, urban life is experiencing momentous change. New social groups are emerging, populations are ageing, family units are extending and dispersing, work is becoming casualised and whole communities have moved online. At the same time, dangerous new social divides are appearing on the periphery of cities, between different cultures, and now also between different generations.
Many of the models used to explain, design, develop and manage cities have resisted change. More recently however, new possibilities are emerging and their consequences promise to be profound: modern social movements, automated building supply chains, technology platforms, driverless transport and logistics, distributed water and energy infrastructure – all will radically reshape the city's fundamental building blocks....
The Master's track History of Architecture and Town Planning (Healthy Cities, New Perspectives on History and Theory of Architecture and Town Planning) explores the evolu
The Master's track History of Architecture and Town Planning (Healthy Cities, New Perspectives on History and Theory of Architecture and Town Planning) explores the evolution of cities, villages and landscapes in Europe within the framework of changing geopolitical conditions at the global scale.
Are you interested how architecture and urbanism can improve our conditions, and how they contribute to public health? Wish to gain knowledge about the global dimension of architectural and urban theories and practices? Starting with a profound historical overview, this track prepares students for an active role in debates and policy-making processes involved in the renaissance of the European city....
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The accredited M.A. program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’
The M.A. program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who will contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable communities.
A nationally accredited program, it is distinct from many other planning and policy programs by having a strong social justice focus. Tufts UEP graduate students learn to engage and confront the social and environmental challenges in today’s world of rapid urbanization.
The accredited M.A. degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning requires completion of 14-course credits (most courses receive one credit), including a thesis (1 or 2 credits) or capstone exam (1 credit), plus an internship. The M.A. program usually takes two-years of full-time study. Students may also enroll in the program on a part-time basis....