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48 Masters Programs in Urban Planning

Earning a master’s degree gives students the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, experience and potential careers within a chosen academic focus. Most graduate-level programs usually take one to two years to complete. What is a Master in Urban Planning? These programs are meant to equip students with the necessary skills for development and management careers in urban planning fi… Read more

Earning a master’s degree gives students the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, experience and potential careers within a chosen academic focus. Most graduate-level programs usually take one to two years to complete.

What is a Master in Urban Planning? These programs are meant to equip students with the necessary skills for development and management careers in urban planning fields. Students may take courses focusing on the study of public spaces, cultural studies, budget planning, legal issues, environmental studies, infrastructure, design and architecture. The main goal throughout each program is to build upon multi-disciplinary urban planning skills to be utilized for urban sustainability in real-world scenarios. Some programs may require prerequisite courses or bachelor’s degrees to be completed before enrollment.

Students have the opportunity to experience many benefits from earning a degree. Learning how to properly organize and plan realistic projects, confront any problems and roadblocks that may arise and communicate effectively with others are all useful skills that can be applied to possible careers and as adults contributing to society.

As the geographic location and course length can depend upon each institution, the cost for each program may vary. Students interested in beginning a program are encouraged to contact the schools of their choice for further information.

There are many possible career paths to explore with a master’s degree in urban planning. Recent years have shown an increase in relevant jobs across many industries. Students can expect to find opportunities as urban planners, community developers, building managers, sustainability consultants, government officers, landscape architects and surveyors. Other potential jobs include transport planners, environmental managers, estate agents, natural resource managers and historical preservation officers.

International options and accommodations for students with busy schedules may be available. 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.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands +1 More

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning c ... +

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how various stakeholders can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
University of Europe for Applied Sciences
Berlin, Germany +2 More

The future of smart living and working has become reality; life is becoming greener, more efficient, and based on a bigger network of resources. The objective of the program i ... +

The future of smart living and working has become reality; life is becoming greener, more efficient, and based on a bigger network of resources. The objective of the program is for our students is to discover digital solutions that have the potential to improve urban life and overcome global challenges. Students will be able to actively engage in new and transformative technologies such as AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things). This will be done in the context of urban and regional development as well as private sector industries working with areas including: consulting, energy supply, transport and logistics, finance, software and IT, real estate management and communications, and product design. -
MA
Full-time
2 - 4 semesters
English, German
Aug 2021
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in Arts and Culture: History of Architecture and Town Planning positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern ... +

The MA in Arts and Culture: History of Architecture and Town Planning positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe) as intimately linked with trends and tendencies at the global scale. The input of the Thomassen a Thuessink Chair results in a clear focus on the health effects of the built environment and the phenomena summarized in the healthy cities concept (ranging from yesterday's hygienic measures to tomorrows urban guerilla gardening campaigns). -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2021
Campus
 

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LAB University of Applied Sciences
Lahti, Finland +1 More

As a global challenge, urbanization and smart city concepts are major themes of development. There is a growing need for multidisciplinary approaches in the planning and manag ... +

As a global challenge, urbanization and smart city concepts are major themes of development. There is a growing need for multidisciplinary approaches in the planning and management of urban environment development processes. This program invites applicants to work together with the practical challenges of the theme of urban sustainability. -
Master
Full-time
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
The New School

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
16 - 42 months
English
Campus
 
Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)
Nice, France

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. The program fosters t ... +

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. The program fosters talents in developing and implementing innovative smart city projects. Experts from academia and industry propose an innovative learning experience equipping participants with the right competencies to thrive in a fast-evolving employment landscape. The program is tailored also to suit government and corporate professionals seeking career development. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
German University of Technology in Oman
Muscat, Oman

Oman’s First Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. The Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning (MSc AUP) at GUtech is the first program in the whole r ... +

Oman’s First Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. The Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning (MSc AUP) at GUtech is the first program in the whole region to offer both Architecture and Urban Planning as specializations. The MSc program capitalizes on the expertise accumulated by the faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University and draws form the know-how of GUtech faculty behind the internationally accredited the BSc Urban Planning and Architectural Design program. The program is designed to train fresh graduates and professionals to address the challenges of a rapidly urbanized world by seeking innovative approaches in the built environment. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
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
Oct 2021
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

The accredited MA program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who ... +

The accredited MA 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 -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments.

The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Miami: School of Architecture
Miami, USA

This unique program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds in architecture, environmental sciences, management, social sciences, or those already working in green c ... +

This unique program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds in architecture, environmental sciences, management, social sciences, or those already working in green careers. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Czech Technical University in Prague
Prague 6, Czech Republic

Our aim is to provide students with professional knowledge and skills for all aspects of the contemporary world with respect to issues in modern architecture. The main target ... +

Our aim is to provide students with professional knowledge and skills for all aspects of the contemporary world with respect to issues in modern architecture. The main target of the studies at the Faculty of Architecture is to support a balance among the humanities, scientific and artistic disciplines -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
20 Sep 2021
Campus
 
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

The world’s cities are changing, but not enough. New technology, business models, and global priorities are transforming the way we get around, and regional planners and urban ... +

The world’s cities are changing, but not enough. New technology, business models, and global priorities are transforming the way we get around, and regional planners and urban engineers are under pressure to prepare for and exploit these transformations to help bring about an urban environment that consumes fewer scarce resources, contributes less to climate change, and provides more liveable neighbourhoods and workplaces. To accomplish this requires integrating traditional engineering disciplines with entrepreneurial skills to drive change that puts innovations into practice. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2021
Campus
 
Politecnico di Milano
Milan, Italy

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environment.

This Master of Science offers an advanced academic route in designing spatial arrangements and urban policies, to transform and manage the city, territory, and environment. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
Campus
 
STAR Studium ArchitecturAe Florence Design School
Florence, Italy

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Architec ... +

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Architecture and at the same time the observation of avant-garde design in the new works of amazing world-class architects. Moreover, the Innovative Concept of our Master of Architecture in Italy, the combination of theory with real international work which we have realized in five venues in the world, develops a new approach on the course " Study on work environment " where all the lectures will apply directly to the adventure of real work with its complexity and its fascinating combination of materials, space, light, functions, and construction. -
Master Master
Full-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
Online
 

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