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Compare 8 Master of Art Programs in Urban and Regional Planning

After completing college, many students seek yet higher education in a given field of study. An MA is a graduate degree that offers an opportunity to do so, and moreover, prepares students for careers in the field of their choice.

What is an MA in Urban and Regional Planning? This path of study is designed to prepare students to manage resources and plan urban spaces. Students may choose to specialize in a wide range of disciplines, including urban design, landscape architecture, resource management and urban development. Depending on the program's specific focus, coursework can cover a broad range of topics from public policy and sociology to economics and architecture. 

One key advantage to attaining this MA is its high level of applicability in today's market. As cities worldwide continue to expand and land and resource management becomes an increasingly prominent issue, governments and private employers increasingly look for well-educated graduates who are able to meet these challenges.

Depending on the size and location of a school, an MA program will have varying costs. To learn more about a program's tuition and enrollment fees, contact the school directly.

Students who complete an MA in Urban and Regional Planning have several different career paths available to them. The degree is most directly applicable to careers within urban development. Students can become architects or infrastructure designers. Much of the curriculum is also applicable to public policy, so students can choose to pursue work as advocates, politicians or, with additional education, lawyers. Graduates can also go on to acquire teaching credentials in order to become teachers, educating the next generation of students interested in the field of urban and regional planning.

All students who are interested in learning more about this degree and the various programs currently available are encouraged to use our searchable database of schools. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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8 Results in Urban and Regional Planning

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism (UAUIM)

The Faculty of Urban Planning from the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest, is the only university in Romania which organises Bologna Master Pro ... [+]

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The Faculty of Urban Planning from the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” Bucharest, is the only university in Romania which organises Bologna Master Programs, credited by ARACIS and recognised by Europe, as well as the Urbanists' Registry from Romania, for according to the signing right.

The Master Programs have an as main objective, the integrated study and research in urban domain, management of territory and regional development, in landscape (natural, anthropic and cultural), of mobility and urban management or of public politics, through specialisation within transdisciplinary teams.

The programs address not only to the graduates students of urbanism, architecture and landscape, but also to those who graduated in connected and similar domains, such as: geography, constructions, management, marketing, horticulture, environmental science, forestry, economy, politic science and public administration, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, ethnography, law, etc. (in agreement with the masters' speciality) ... [-]

Romania Bucharest
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Johannesburg

For this degree, the candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic. ... [+]

The candidate should complete research and write a dissertation on an approved, relevant topic.

Admission requirements

Admission will be considered for a student who is in possession of a university based Honours qualification in Urban Studies on NQF Level 7. If a student does not comply with the requirements mentioned above, admission may be granted by the Dean of the Faculty, at the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department.

Contact details

Name: Dr Liela Groenewald Tel: 011 559 2884 / Email: lielagr@uj.ac.za

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South Africa Johannesburg
February 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
London South Bank University

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
London South Bank University

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), Masters (MA) course in Town Planning; the first steps into town planning and urban planning. ... [+]

At the center of towns and cities regeneration, it is the duty of planners to take into account the views of business and local communities. It is a broad area of work that can require many different skills and others the option of specialization – be it protecting the historical environment or urban design.

Top reasons to study this course Achieving excellence: Ranked No.5 UK wide for overall satisfaction and learning opportunities in Planning (National Student Survey 2017). Heritage: LSBU has been delivering professionally accredited planning courses for over 40 years. Professional accreditation: Accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Inspiring location: Studying planning in the heart of one of the most dynamic global cities on the planet with plenty of opportunities to participate in ongoing projects, complementing the practical focus with theoretical understanding. 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. Develop your interests: 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. ... [-]
United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Westminster

This MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employe ... [+]

Course summary

This MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. Completion of the MA course is the first step to become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The course will support your personal and professional development. You will be able to work in the interdisciplinary and cross-sector environment of urban and regional development, in a variety of private, public and community contexts, and apply your knowledge to practice in specialist areas of planning. The course builds on the University's experience of delivering postgraduate courses in town planning for more than 60 years.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Westminster

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable devel ... [+]

Course summary

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course, you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

Based in London, you will have access to the internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Manchester Metropolitan University

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urba ... [+]

Overview

A taught postgraduate course that conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work that builds on the legacy of twentieth-century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities. Features and benefits of the course:

This course is jointly accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the University of Manchester (UoM) with cross-disciplinary connections between the Manchester School of Architecture, the School of Environment and Development (UoM) and Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MMU). This is an internationally based course that actively disseminates students’ thesis work through conferences, exhibitions, competitions and publications. About the course ... [-]
United Kingdom Manchester
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement ... [+]

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired by thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Internship – Gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts Career Opportunities – Supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development Distinguished Faculty – Comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field Flexible Schedule – Our full-time program offers courses in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also explore part-time options. Learning Outcomes ... [-]
USA San Francisco
August 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus