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35 Master of Science Programs in Urban and Regional Planning

A Master of Science (MSc) in Urban and Regional Planning is a post-graduate or post-professional degree that is often offered through architectural universities. It is a great option for people interested in a planning or policy career that focuses on urban spaces. Many people may wonder, “What is an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning?” This degree is often research-centered and draws… Read more

A Master of Science (MSc) in Urban and Regional Planning is a post-graduate or post-professional degree that is often offered through architectural universities. It is a great option for people interested in a planning or policy career that focuses on urban spaces.

Many people may wonder, “What is an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning?” This degree is often research-centered and draws on many disciplines to prepare students for a career in urban and regional planning. The curriculum will vary from school to school, but it will often focus on the social, economic, and/or physical environments that make up urban and regional spaces. Coursework may be both technical and theoretical in nature. It may draw on topics in planning methods, history, finance, law, theory, and political and commercial processes.

There are many benefits of completing an MSc degree. Students are able to expand on their earlier education, which will open the door to many new options. This will provide maximum job flexibility as they move forward through their careers.

The cost of an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning will vary significantly. Location, choice of school, program requirements, and length of study will all impact the total cost.

Graduates can look forward to a varied career that may focus on a range of skills and topics. Jobs may focus on policy and strategic planning, research and analysis, policy implementation and management, architecture, and urban design. Professionals apply their skills to a variety of purposes. These may include historical preservation plans, neighborhood plans, regulatory strategies, sustainable development, or large-scale urban plans. There are also many types of employers who hire planners, from municipalities and government entities to private architecture and planning firms.

With so many advantages to obtaining this degree, interested students should get started on completing their education right away.  The first step is to research programs and apply online. Fortunately, the process can be convenient and relatively hassle-free. Our program listing and lead form are great resources to get you started. 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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UniLaSalle
Mont-Saint-Aignan, France

The MSc in Urban Agriculture and Green Cities aims to train future managers in urban agricultural and horticultural jobs according to an innovative and broad-based approach to ... +

The MSc in Urban Agriculture and Green Cities aims to train future managers in urban agricultural and horticultural jobs according to an innovative and broad-based approach to planning, development, and sustainability. -
MSc
Full-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Leeuwarden, Netherlands

How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human activities, behaviors, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that c ... +

How can tourism geography with its long tradition in researching human activities, behaviors, and impacts in place, time, and space help in understanding the challenges that contemporary tourism is facing? You will tackle these questions and study the interactions between tourists, visitors, local communities, and the natural, and build environment in detail in the Tourism Geography and Planning track. -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2022
01 May 2022
Campus
 
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning (USP) prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challe ... +

The Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning (USP) prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and addressing complex urban development challenges. Students learn to address such challenges through a curriculum and pedagogical approach that includes interdisciplinary breadth as well as depth in core areas of knowledge, skill and practice. USP is a joint programme between the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
05 Jan 2022
Campus
 

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Oxford Brookes University
Headington, United Kingdom

Designed in collaboration with leading industry professionals, this MSc in Spatial Planning is a varied and interdisciplinary course that prepares you for work as a planner in ... +

Designed in collaboration with leading industry professionals, this MSc in Spatial Planning is a varied and interdisciplinary course that prepares you for work as a planner in a wide range of roles. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Jan 2022
Campus
Online
 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Brussels, Belgium

4CITIES, supported by Erasmus Mundus, is a crossroads where academic research, professional practice, urban exploration, and civic activism overlap and intersect. It brings a ... +

4CITIES, supported by Erasmus Mundus, is a crossroads where academic research, professional practice, urban exploration, and civic activism overlap and intersect. It brings a distinctly European viewpoint to issues concerning urbanity and urbanization. Because of the exploratory nature of the programme, travelling will be a constant in this two-year journey. You will study with students from all over the world sharing the perspective that the city is a complex adaptive system. This must be understood and experienced before it can be responsibly changed. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
19 Sep 2022
15 Jan 2022
Campus
 
Gdańsk University of Technology
Gdańsk, Poland

We deliver comprehensive planning education at the Masters's level, with a particular focus on cities, their territorial environment, and their transformation. Our approach is ... +

We deliver comprehensive planning education at the Masters's level, with a particular focus on cities, their territorial environment, and their transformation. Our approach is design-oriented with a solid theoretical background. The issues of urban, regional, and transboundary planning, strategic planning, urban regeneration, new planning tools are also included in the program. -
MSc
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Feb 2022
21 Dec 2021
Campus
 
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Gain specialist skills for a career in urban or environmental planning with this accredited master's.

Gain specialist skills for a career in urban or environmental planning with this accredited master's. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Politecnico di Torino: Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning
Turin, Italy

The MS forms a " planner " with skills that allow him to assume a role of coordinating project teams engaged in territorial and urban planning, landscape planning activities, ... +

The MS forms a " planner " with skills that allow him to assume a role of coordinating project teams engaged in territorial and urban planning, landscape planning activities, and development of strategies, policies, and projects of urban and territorial transformations. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
The New School
New York, USA

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban ... +

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. Our community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
24 Jan 2022
Campus
 
Università Iuav di Venezia
Venice, Italy

Iuav - University of Venice has long been recognised as one of the best Urban Planning Schools in Europe and across the world. It is the only university in Italy to provide th ... +

Iuav - University of Venice has long been recognised as one of the best Urban Planning Schools in Europe and across the world. It is the only university in Italy to provide thorough education and training in urban planning, architecture, design, visual arts, theatre and fashion. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Campus
 
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)
Belfast, United Kingdom

In practice, there is a common tension between those developing and interpreting planning policy on the one hand, and the designers of cities on the other. This programme brin ... +

In practice, there is a common tension between those developing and interpreting planning policy on the one hand, and the designers of cities on the other. This programme brings these groups together to engage in project-based learning. You will develop planning research, urban analysis and design skills before deciding whether to complete an urban design thesis or dissertation. Both of these options can be completed as work-based studies with opportunities for summer placements. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

In the Environmental Economics and Urban Planning Interdisciplinary Degree Program, you will combine economic analyses with the tools of a professional planner to approach rea ... +

In the Environmental Economics and Urban Planning Interdisciplinary Degree Program, you will combine economic analyses with the tools of a professional planner to approach real-world environmental challenges facing cities and urban planners. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Kungliga tekniska högskolan (on behalf of EIT Urban Mobility)
Stockholm, Sweden +3 More

Gain the knowledge to design and manage sustainable urban plans & policies, and the skills to drive responsible innovation.

Gain the knowledge to design and manage sustainable urban plans & policies, and the skills to drive responsible innovation. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, Poland

Architecture for Society of Knowledge is a new professional program focused on digital design and crucial aspects of architecture and urban planning. The duration of the progr ... +

Architecture for Society of Knowledge is a new professional program focused on digital design and crucial aspects of architecture and urban planning. The duration of the program is 4 semesters. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
01 Oct 2022
02 Aug 2022
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Amsterdam University of the Arts - Academy of Architecture
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cities are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and fascination, made by human hands. During the Master in Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, you will learn ... +

Cities are an inexhaustible source of inspiration and fascination, made by human hands. During the Master in Urbanism at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, you will learn to understand the city in all its complexity and often improbable scale, to make smart strategic development proposals for its future and to make both functional and attractive design proposals for actual places in the city. -
MSc
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus